14 Days: Geometric Horror At Its Best – DeadMan’s Cube Review
(AUTHOR’S NOTE: Sorry this isn’t that great a review. I just kind of threw it together)
Every once in a while, someone comes up with a really weird idea that no respectable movie company would touch. But then some Canadian film company finds out about it and it gets made. That is what I am pretty sure is the story of the creation of Cube.
In Cube, 6 people wake up in cube shaped rooms with no memories of how they got there. On each side of the cube there is a door that leads to another different colored cube room. However, some rooms are booby trapped with many different and pretty awesome traps. This is kind of where the strength of all the Cube movies lie, not just the first one. All the traps are really interesting and usually leave quite a mess. Some highlights for me include the wire net, which slices people into little bits, the spike room, a room where a single sounds causes long sharp spikes to protrude from the walls, impaling anyone in the room, and the acid spray, which dissolves a person’s face in the movie. The big cube itself is pretty cool too. Only one person has any kind of idea who made the cube and even then it’s origin and purpose are still a mystery. It’s just this thing that is just for the sake of existing, and I really like that. I like it when writers know they can’t make a decent explanation so they don’t even try.
In stark contrast to the cube, the characters are pretty weak, and so are the actors performances. All performances reek of a crappy low-budget production, which this kind of is, with a budget of less than $400,000. Their characters aren’t that great, either. Their all just kind of their, not contributing much to what makes this movie one of my favorites. They also just seem like their there to show how the awesome traps work.
In the end, Cube is an interesting movie with a great setting but kind of bland performances. All the characters are there just to make you ask questions about the cube and watch them die in really ridiculous ways.
Final Score: 3/5