Friday Night Movie Recommendation: Cube

Friday Night Movie Recommendation: Cube

In honour of Canada Day on July 1st and my birthday yesterday, I decided to pick a decidedly Canadian film to recommend tonight. I first saw this one years ago and it’s just as good now as it was then. It’s a really innovative concept and it’s executed quite well considering the budget that it was working with. If you haven’t seen it yet, I’m confident that if you watch it tonight, you will not be disappointed.

cube1Cube is about six people who find themselves trapped in a series of square rooms. All of these rooms (or cubes) are connected on each side by another room. Some of the rooms are booby trapped and some are safe. They have to try and navigate the rooms and escape. They all bring something unique to the table and none of them remembers how they got there. As suspicions rise and tensions flare, it becomes more and more difficult to keep a level head while trying to navigate the maze and escape seems increasingly unlikely.

Directed by Canadian Vincenzo Natali, this film is a true ode to what can be done in a low budget movie. The vast majority of the movie takes place in a constructed 14×14×14 room that has different light filters to make the room appear different through the use of colour when the characters travel from one room to the next. In reality, the whole movie is simply filmed in this same, contructed room. It’s such a simple premise and it is used to great effect here. It’s incredible what a low budget movie is capable of.

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On the downside, there are moments when the writing is not very strong and the acting is fairly weak as well. The concept is sound, the storyline is well developed, the other components just don’t follow through. That being said, this movie is still worth the watch. It’s weaknesses are far outweighed by it’s strengths. There is quite a bit of tension built throughout and more than enough thrills. There’s a feeling of anticipation in this movie; the characters are so desperate but it doesn’t seem like there’s any hope for them. We, as the audience, are left feeling a little desperate as well. All the paranoia and fear builds into a fair amount of suspense.

This movie is very reminiscent of The Twilight Zone. It’s almost as if one of the episodes jumped off the screen and became a feature length film. The puzzle feeling of it is enough to make you think about how they should go about saving themselves and what you would do in a similar situation. The characters each fill out a different role and they all have such variety in their personalities that it reads like a case study on how different people deal with stressful situations. Again, the acting doesn’t allow for this concept to be developed as fully as it could have been, but the idea is there.

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Overall, this movie does have it’s faults. Neither the acting nor the writing is very strong. It’s almost enough to take you out of the movie but it’s worth holding on. The innovation in the set design and the griping concept are enough to keep your blood pumping. There are a lot of things here that make this movie one that I will come back to again and again; it’s not just because it’s a Canadian film, although that does help.

Give it a watch and let me know what you think.

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43 thoughts on “Friday Night Movie Recommendation: Cube

  1. Yes. This Canadian flick is ‘king awesome. Great review. Thanks for highlighting this indie gem. And Happy Birthday, fellow Canuck!

    Like you said, Cube has a great concept. Paranoia is tangible. The visuals are super stylish, like a Fincher music video. My favourite part was seeing these characters solve the mystery step by step.

    I’m worried about the rumoured remake. However, a bigger budget version is compelling. What do you think?

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  2. Oh I’m so annoyed I missed your birthday!! Happy Birthday for yesterday I hope you had a lovely day!

    I love this film! And my opinion is pretty much the same as yours!

    It’s a really interesting and entertaining film, I have always loved the “strangers in a room” premise, in any type of film. But this ha awlays been a favourite of mine, even the sequels are pretty good.

    It has a great atmosphere throughout but the acting is pretty dodgy at times!! I was also a bit disappointed (but not hugely surprised) by the ambiguous ending. So I agree the writing isn’t massively strong either.

    But it’s a fun movie and I totally agree it’s amazing what can be done with a low budget. It’s proof that a zillion pound budget isn’t always the answer.

    And I’m always drawn to British films so I totally get the Canadian pride thing 🙂

    And Happy Canada Day (belated again!)

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    1. Haha! Thanks so much for the birthday wishes! I did have a lovely day.
      It’s always interesting to see what people will do when they are in these kinds of dire circumstances, especially when they don’t know each other. The ending was a bit of a let down after all we had been through watching this movie! But it didn’t ruin the movie for me or anything. I haven’t seen the sequels in years. I should revisit them 🙂 I remember something about a Quantum Cube or a Tesseract. But i can’t remember the details. Cube Zero was a prequel…. Know I need to watch them! Haha!

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      1. Glad you had fun! What’s the weather like where you are at the mo?

        Yes you’ve hit the nail on the head there! It really is interesting seeing what the different strangers will do in dire circumstances, the different personalities and opinions – it’s always fun to watch!

        No it didn’t ruin the movie for me either and it’s not that I need to be “spoon fed” (I hate it when people say that!) I just enjoy a good story and can be a tad disappointed when the ending isn’t massively satisfactory. HAVING said that I do genuinely love this movie. Your post caught my eye because I love it so much!

        Cube 2 (Hypercube) is pretty much the same story as Cube just different actors lol and maybe a bit more ‘info’ given to the viewer. I think it was called a Tesseract actually! I would NEVER have remembered that haha. Cube Zero is actually really good!!! Definitely on a par with the original Cube and gives loads more clues to the origin of the Cube with an outside perspective. I have the DVD boxset and it was so cheap when I bought it, but seems more expensive now.

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      2. The weather is actually pretty perfect at the moment. All June was cold and rainy. It seemed, but it finally seems to be getting warmer. It’s probably 25° now. Looking forward to spending the weekend outside (even though I have to stick to the shade – ginger problems, haha!). I think some of the Cube movies are on Netflix here so I’ll give that a go. I definitely could have done with a clearer ending to the Cube too. It’s not about being spoon fed. It’s about having a clue as to what happened! Haha! I share your frustration

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  3. My #satanicbestie !

    I agree with everything you said here. The movie is not the worst, but not the best and worth a look every now and then. : ) : )

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #squintiesforever
    #nooatmeal
    #crepescrepescrepes
    #existentialpigsalways

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes!! It’s a good Canadian flick. Pretty interesting what you can do with so little. I would love to see what it would be with some good writing and talented actors.

      #satanicbesties
      #squintiesforever
      #yesoatmeal
      #crepescrepescrepes
      #existentialpigs

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      1. I think there’s three of them – I also think I skipped the second one but watched the third and it was kind of poo but that was a long time ago.

        #squintiesforever
        #andever
        #zucchinivendetta
        #twentyhours
        #satanicbesties

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