CubeJuly 11, 1998
7 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless kafkaesque maze containing deadly traps.
Release Year: 1997
Rating: 7.5/10 (72,999 voted)
Critic's Score: 61/100
Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett
Six different people, each from a very different walk of life, awaken to find themselves inside a giant cube with thousands of possible rooms. Each has a skill that becomes clear when they must band together to get out: a cop, a math whiz, a building designer, a doctor, an escape master, and a disabled man. Each plays a part in their thrilling quest to find answers as to why they've been imprisoned.
Writers: André Bijelic, Vincenzo Natali
Maurice Dean Wint
Nicole de Boer
Don't Look For A Reason… Look For A Way Out
Release Date: 11 July 1998
Filming Locations: Wallace Avenue Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $57,147
(13 September 1998)
Did You Know?
Not only are the characters named after prisons but they reflect the prisons themselves. Example: Kazan (the mentally challenged character), in Russia is a disorganized prison. Rennes (the "mentor") was a jail that pioneered many of today's prison policies. Quentin (the detective) is known for its brutality. Holloway is a women's prison, and Alderson is a prison where isolation is a common punishment. Leavenworth runs to a rigid set of rules (Leaven's mathematics), and the new prison is corporately owned and built (Worth, hired as an architect).
Quentin beats Worth brutally with a boot, clearly ready to kill him or at least to knock him out. However, Worth stands up again with only one bruise under his right eye, a single scratch, and a stream of blood running from his ear. These are what Star Trek fans call "tasteful wounds," referring to Captain Kirk frequently receiving a thin slice of blood across the cheekbone, chest, or shoulder.
This room moves to 0, 1, and -1 on the X-axis, 2, 5, and -7 on the Y and 1, -1, and 0 on zed.
And what does that mean?
You suck at math.
This is one freaky movie…
Cube is a movie that explores human nature and our instinctive urges for
survival vs our humanitarianism. Not a new concept, I know, however this
movie does it in style, with a plot so simple that it could only be the
of a conceptual genius. I don't intend to give too much away, as the power
of the film lies in it's mystery, but I will say that this movie could
almost be classified as disturbing, not due to its content, but rather the
thoughts that it instills in the audience. I found myself rather shaken as
left the cinema, feeling as though I had been exposed to an ugly, hidden
side of humanity and society. Don't get me wrong, this movie is definitely
worth seeing, I would even be so bold as to say that it must be seen! I
admit that there are few movies I have seen that have had such a profound
affect on me, and I don't think I am alone in my feelings.