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|Third installment in the 'Cube' sci-fi horror series, which began with Vincenzo Natali's 'Cube' in 1997 and proceeded with Andrzej Sekula's 'Cube 2: Hypercube' in 2002. In this prequel to the first film, first-time writer/director Ernie Barbarash provides detailed explanations that fans of the first two films might be puzzling over. Zachary Bennett stars as Eric Wynn, a young and brilliant Cube technician who finds himself in a dilemma when an innocent young woman, Cassandra Rains (Stephanie Moore) becomes imprisoned in one of the Cube's rooms.|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||232714252|
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|Main Audio Type||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Product Release Date||08/03/2017|
|Theatrical Release Year||2004|
|Tag Line||There Must Be an Exit.|
|Actors||Jasmine Geljo, Martin Roach, David Huband, Flossie Mcknight, Tony Munch, Joshua Peace, Stephanie Moore, Fernando Curcione, Diego Klattenhoff, Richard Mcmillan, Terri Hawkes, Alexia Filippeos, Mike 'nug' Nahrgang, Zachary Bennett, Michael Riley|
|Rating Info||Strong Horror Themes and Violence|
|Number of Discs||1|
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Just Another Day At the Office (with Amnesia)
This is a creepy movie with deeply psychological overtones. The scenario is a future reality where a couple of office worker types are in charge of a massive maze that torments its pitiful inhabitants who are some kind of prisoners. From the costumes and the settings, the role of captor and captive seem to be interchangeable - it is a bleak dystopia. They all seem to be typical Americans, but the context is far from America, and I might speculate, seems more like a modern version of Dante's Inferno. No one seems to have any insight into their condition, such as where they came from, or what they are doing. In fact, as regards people's memories, they could be in some kind of bizarre Alzheimer’s nightmare. That is what I find to be so personally disturbing, that they could be in some kind of induced or altered state and not know it. Sort of like the Matrix without the high tech machines, or even worse trapped in a machine-like prison without the friendly Matrix to relieve the horror. I could have done without all the blood and gore; these people in the prison generally do not meet a pleasant fate, which is emphasized in the opening scene. The casual nature of the captors witnessing such horrific violence seems to be just like the guy who just rapidly passed you in the office saying; "There's donuts today!" It was Hannah Arendt, who made the quote about the "banality of evil" in reference to the Nazi overlord Adolf Eichmann, and this could be an extension of that, but since the captors seem to be so little concerned, it almost takes on tones of the TV series Lost, where some viewers speculate that the characters might be in Limbo. For this movie however, the scene is changed to from Limbo to the Dark Depths. I plan to go get the other Cube movies, which I have not seen yet, and find out if there is another explanation for all this weirdly charged dementia.
"Cube Zero" was interesting and entertaining. I found the movie compelling enough to keep me watching even though I could have ended my On Demand viewing of it at any time. The no-star cast was competent and it made me feel like I was watching a well-produced episode of "The Outer Limits" with added gore. Although the special effects were not at the level of "Jurassic Park" and a galaxy far, far away from the effects of "Star Wars", I did not mind very much that the end product here was a simple, three (or four?) set movie. Ok I hated the ending and I'll not spoil it for you but I much prefer happy endings on ANY movie. I am not really that attracted to the tragic conclusion. No spoiled ending in this review...but certainly worth the watch on any night when you have gotten really tired of the same DVDs you have been playing over and over and over and over...
The worst of the 3 Cube movies
The first Cube Movie came out in 1998. It was released into 25 theaters in limited US release. The production budget was $25,000. The movie grossed $502,000 in it's 3 month theatrical run. It wasn't until its release on video the following year that it really gained "Cult Geek Status". The video, very popular at Blockbuster video rental stores, before the age of online rentals, had to be taken into multiple production runs - as it became a Top 25 rental. Because of the video success, Cube II: Hypercube was placed into production in late 2001. With a much bigger budget to cover special effects and "semi-well known" actors, Cube II: Hypercube proved to be a worthy successor. In my opinion it far surpassed the originality and story line of the first film. So what is "The Cube"? To answer that with the best answer would really give the movie away. The shortest and sweetest plot synopsis I can give is: Eight strangers wake up in a bizarre 50ftx50ftx50ft cube shaped room with no recollection of how they got there and no idea of how to get out. Each surface - floor, ceilings, and walls have doors that lead semingly endless to other simalarly cube shaped rooms. I highly recommend that you don't read any other plot descriptions. Finding out the details of the "The Cube" is part of the enjoyment. The ending to HyperCube is particularly shocking. You will never see it coming. You will think at first, the ending is cheesey, then within a minute - the final scene blows you away. A third movie was made called Cube: Zero - which is a prequel. I thought the third was weak and don't recommend seeing it.