Wow. This is a brilliant movie. A great spin on the whole “characters trapped in an elevator let’s see what happens” shtick. Definetly warrants repeat viewings. I am feeling strong potential for a major allegory underlying the film (especially after Worth’s revelation of the true nature of the cube. Hmmm…interesting that the nihilist is called Worth), but I need to see it at least once more before deciding. For now, it already works great as gripping/gory suspense and interesting character situation/study. I love the way the cube brings out the true nature of those trapped in it.
Cube 2 was interesting, but much bleaker than the first one. And, as mentioned, the writing was weaker, and the acting was much weaker, in virtually all cases. Some of the ideas, however, particularly on the nature of the cube, were more interesting. Rather than a sliding collection of box-rooms that move according to a mathematical formula, the cube in Cube 2: Hypercube is, as the title indicates, a ‘Hypercube’, a device that, by dint of its structure, distorts the laws of time and space.
I’d rank the third one slightly above Hypercube, mainly for having more potential that it squandered. It could have been a great dark comedy if it had just stayed focused on the everyday work shift of schmoes who just happened to work as operators in Cube Corps, but then it went right back to retread territory.
But overall, both sequels are skippable even if you liked the first despite its own warts.
I recently watched all three movies and I actually liked all of them. Three very different films with lots of weaknesses yet every one managed to entertain me.
Cube is the exploration of an interesting idea.
Hypercube is like a spoof on the first movie.
Cube Zero acts like an exploration of the world that idea takes pace in and is less focused on the actual idea.
Bad acting? Cheap effects? Who cares. I had great fun watching all three.
I thought the prequel was the worst of the 3 simply because of the way they forced the ending to tie into Cube (the ausitic guy in Cube is supposed to be one of the office drones who got lobotomized/whatever, and apparently gained autistic powers in the mean time. The character was supposed to be a math wiz before mental evisceration, iirc). I thought the “nature” of the hypercube in Cube 2 was just an excuse to do weirder things. I don’t remember the cannibal loop, though. I may have to watch it again.
I’m having trouble seeing where Cube 2 is supposed to be a spoof.