Can you believe it’s been an entire six years since Cube was released and astonished horror fans everywhere? After such a cool flick, shot with such an entirely small budget and set, it’s hard to ignore making a sequel. Here we are, six years later and now Lions Gate released direct-to-video Cube 2: Hypercube on April 29th, 2003 in association with Trimark Home Video.
The tag line pretty much explains the plot in a nutshell, “In this place, space defies reason, time has no meaning, and reality is out to get you.” A group of strangers (eight exactly) awake in a newly designed cube, with white walls and a scientific futuristic look. They slowly move from room to room and discover there’s more people trapped inside the same device as they are. No one seems to know how they got where they are or why… or do they? Unlike the first Cube, not everyone in this cube seem to have a reason to be there, and this weakens the plot drastically.
My first impression was how incredible the cube looked, it was well crafted, futuristic and a huge step from the first film. Unfortunately, this cube is missing a HUGE component, Booby Traps. I was so looking forward to original kills and heart pounding surprises, instead they use one of the worst computer generated effects I’ve seen in years to kill these lucky individuals (you’ll understand more when you see the film).
After watching about 45 minutes of Cube 2: Hypercube, I started to think about the acting. The acting was really well done for a small budget cast, which included the likes of Kari Matchett (Angel Eyes), Geraint Wyn Davies (American Psycho 2, Alien Tracker), Matthew Ferguson (Billy Madison, The English Patient), and Bruce Gray (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Peacemaker). At first the acting seemed kind of hokey and the character development is completely missing, until you realize that it’s not the actors fault, it’s what could probably be blamed on the directing by Andrzej Sekula.
Not to take anything away from the original and excellent concept of Cube 2: Hypercube (which was done by the brilliant Sean Hood), but the dialogue was horrendous. Cube 2: Hypercube included some of the worst scenes of human interaction since Slingblade, only it wasn’t supposed to be like that! All right, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but a script is approved before a film even gets its cast hired, so why didn’t someone read this script and say, “what’s with this, and what’s with that?” Well apparently someone did! According to my sources, Sean Hood’s script was dented pretty well by the producers and directors, just as his brothers (Brendan Hood) script for They was! The original script is said to be much better than what was translated onto film, its such a sad thing when someone’s work of art is changed around to fit someone else’s vision. Even though the original was written well, doesn’t mean the film turned out good, and the changes made were for the worse.
There are some great positives in this film though, such as the camera work and FX of Cube 2: Hypercube. Phenomenal visual directing job by Andrzej Sekula, I haven?t seen such vision in a direct to video film in years. (Spoiler Warning In one scene, one of the female actress’s is in one of the cubes while the other actor is in the hole coming through to the cube. What we see next is a shot from each of these actors eyes. One is in a time zone that exceeds normal speed, while the other is in slow motion. He interlaces the two visions into one shot that is quite a visual treat!(END Spoiler) He brings out the best in new technology, but unfortunately, he goes way overboard. Whether its Sekula’s fault or the FX supervisors I don’t know, but the FX of this new “development” (without spoiling it for you) is horrendous. It’s hard to explain what’s wrong with the FX without releasing some major spoilers so I’m going to have to drop the subject and let you see for yourselves.
Overall, Cube 2: Hypercube is a alright flick. With pacing that’s snail like slow at times mixed with the horrid FX and lack of unique kill scenes, the film falls way short of my expectations, especially after waiting six years! But if you are a big fan of the first Cube, and expect a little less, you will enjoy Cube 2: Hypercube. The theory behind this new cube and the acting make this a fun watch even though certain aspects are flawed. I would definitely recommend taking the time to rent Cube 2: Hypercube, because it’s a fun ‘four-dimensional’ one time see.