Much, much better than I expected! 10/10 (by k70022)
Summary: Cube Zero is all about going back to basics. Gore is back together with much darker atmosphere and at least apparently gone is all ambiguous silliness about alternative universes from Cube 2. I did appreciate the idea but did someone really think it worked? Someone complained that this does nothing but recycle ideas of Cube 1 & 2. This couldn't be further from truth: I think the movie goes into a very interesting direction. The fact that the beginning is identical to Cube 1 is just a homage: I guess it tries to say that you should forget about Cube 2 at this point -- this <more>
is no PG ride. It "ignores" Cube 2 completely "why" should be obvious after seeing the ending and goes back to what worked in the original.It would've been easy for this movie to be a complete disaster. The trailer certainly did not look as good as the movie ended up being. Sure, some performances aren't that great but then again, look at Cube 1! and some cgi seems to be recycled from Cube 1 but then again, look at the budget! .However, I think "Cube Zero" expands the "Cubeverse" in an interesting way and still keeps a lot of mysteries. "Who *are* these people?" The ending itself is so great that if you liked Cube 1 at all, you should watch this movie.Cube 2 certainly didn't give the viewer anything new except a silly ending that could mean anything. This one, on the other hand, is consistent with the premise of Cube 1 and just lays out some new rules.A great ride with a very nice payoff! [10/10]
Doesn't start like the 1st or 2nd one. Starts out w/the people watching the cube. It's sort of a prequel. Can't spoil that part for ya, but you might guess early enough on. Anyway, better than cube2. That movie was annoying. This one's more about who watches the watchers. If you liked the 1st one, you have to see this one. The other comment about how it's the same stuff, isn't entirely accurate. There's plenty of mind twisting, gut wrenching moments to occupy even the most jaded horror/scifi fan. NOT for the weak stomached, squeamish type. Very well done movie I <more>
think. At least they had a unique plot such that it brings together the other movies. Highly recommend whiskey. You may need a gulp or two after this one.
I Liked this movie a lot. It expanded on the idea that the cube had been built as a consequence of an anonymous chain of command, by following some of the people responsible for its management. These people did know something was wrong, and had the choice to do something about it, or not question it. We then see what happens to someone who decides to do the right thing.At first sight, the cube rooms were much more basic and low tech than the earlier films. The reason became apparent at the very end of the film here is the spoiler... when the super intelligent guy, now brainwacked bangs his <more>
head against the wall and states "..this room is green, I wanna go back to the blue room." If my memory is correct, this is was the first line of the mentally retarded guy in The Cube. Meaning that Cube Zero is set immediately before the events in The Cube. Hence the films enigmatic tag-line "every nightmare has a beginning" Top bananas
Slightly flawed, but overall an excellent attempt to provide consistency while extending the mythos (by BrandtSponseller)
Series note: Although Cube Zero is a prequel to a film series, this is a rare case where I'd recommend that you watch the series in the release order. The films will have maximum impact that way. Start with Cube 1997 , then Cube 2: Hypercube 2002 , then finally this film.A number of people find themselves trapped in a bizarre world consisting of cubic rooms with no windows and only a hatch-like portal in each of the four walls, the ceiling and the floor. To complicate matters, some rooms are booby-trapped and the people have lost their memories. Who are they? What is the Cube? Why are <more>
the there? Can they get out? Just as another film I recently reviewed, Equilibrium 2002 , was the perfect example why I do not usually subtract points for a lack of originality, Cube Zero is the rare example where I do subtract points for that. It's not a serious problem, but it brought the film's score down.As a prequel to one of the most tightly-focused and enigmatic film series, first time director/second time Cube scripter Ernie Barbarash assigned himself an almost insurmountable challenge. The problem was this: if you give away too much of the film's world, you destroy the veiled mystique that makes the series so attractive to fans. And if you do not give away enough, you're stuck with basically repeating material from the other films.In Cube 2: Hypercube, the way Barbarash and his fellow writers and director solved this problem was by placing the story an arbitrary length of time in the future--enough of a span that a second cube had been built with much-advanced technology, with a more complex, sci-fi oriented theoretical physics/mathematics basis. They also gave us just a tease of the world "outside" the cube.Cube Zero is a prequel though, also set an arbitrary length of time before the first film--again this is a different cube. The setting doesn't allow this film to trump the other cubes in mind-bending technology we know that they _have_ to eventually make a "Cube Cubed" sequel where, like Hypercube, bizarre technology can be an attractor . But it also would not have worked to make the cube in Cube Zero significantly more primitive, as it would just seem ridiculous.So the flaw of Cube Zero became that at least initially, the cube material seems more like a remake of Cube than an extension of the mythos, and as such, it invites comparisons to Cube and slightly suffers in the process. Why? Because the handling of characters' bewilderment and subsequent partial "solving" of the puzzle was handled much more effectively in the original film. In Cube Zero our cube dwellers figure out much too quickly and easily what their predicament is and how to handle it. Surely Barbarash wrote the film that way intentionally--since the material had already been done and he's probably correctly assuming that a large percentage of the audience has already experienced the other films, he must have thought that it was obligatory material at least to explain the gist to the small amount of viewers unfamiliar with the mythos but cannot be labored over lest he start simply remaking Cube. I agree with the motivation, but the result didn't work well for me. There must have been a different way to write that material. It also didn't help that the cube character demographics and relationships had strong similarities to the first film. Although it did help that the booby-traps and effects were just as visceral.But the misstep is slight. Later on, he does very effectively extend the cube with a small "c", meaning the device itself mythos, and even better, he greatly extends the Cube the series mythos, finally taking us "outside" of the cube for extended periods. This was the best part of the film; I would have liked even more of it, and could even have gone for a film almost exclusively set in this "other" world but I agree it wasn't possible, as audience expectations must be met .The characters "outside" of the cube seem clearly to not be so outside. Barbarash puts them in a world reminiscent, as he notes, of Delicatessen 1991 , Brazil 1985 , and City of the Lost Children 1995 . It's an environment of "retro-tech", filled with bizarre devices that look like an office "garage" sale became an artificially intelligent, self-assembling erector set with a Rube Goldberg fetish. Like the cube, it's a world without windows or doors leading to an obviously external environment. Like the cube, the dwellers in this "outside" world can't remember some things and they seem to be at a loss to understand exactly what they're doing. It's important to remember that any material you see "outside" the cube may not be what is "really" going on.The performances are good to excellent. Since the "outside" stuff worked best for me, I tended to like those performances the best or maybe that should be the other way around . I especially loved Michael Riley as Jax. He is wonderfully over the top and odd, almost as engagingly perplexing as, say, Jon Voight as Paul Sarone in Anaconda 1997 .As Barbarash says in the good "making of" documentary on the disc, a lot of the film is an exploration of authority. Barbarash even directly references the infamous Stanley Milgram experiments on authority done in the early 1960s at Yale. But Barbarash also references other kinds of authority, from militaristic to religious. Members of the cast also had insightful things to say about the film's subtexts, with Richard McMillan pointing out that the cube material is like a "big mirror reflecting the characters' inner-selves or souls".However you interpret the film, it's worth watching. The more this world is explored, the more I want to see of it. Now bring us Cube Cubed!
Thought Provoking Gruesomeness (by spacemonkey_fg)
Title: Cube Zero 2005 Director: Ernie BarbarashCast: Zachary Bennet, Stephanie Moore, Michael RileyReview:Past ventures into the Cube universe have been thought provoking and entertainingly gruesome at the same time. This time around it ain't no different. This flick was fun, well written and directed.The story is basically the same story we have seen in previous Cube movies. A bunch of strangers are thrown inside the puzzle like cube and together they have to try and work together to figure out a way out of the maze or die. This third chapter in the series gives us a new twist: we get <more>
to see how the cube works from the outside via two workers who must monitor the progress of the people trapped inside.I've always enjoyed the Cube movies, they are smart and enigmatic. Theyll make you scratch your head but at the same time entertain you. I've always liked this quality about this series and this third installment doesn't disappoint. This time around though the movie doesn't focus so much around the conflicts between the strangers trapped inside of the cube. It focuses more on the conflicts of the people outside of the cube. Those people who are in charge of making the traps go off and monitoring the process of those inside and this is what makes this entry different.I enjoyed very much the conflict inside the main character Wynn. He is working in the cube but he is not so sure he wants to continue being there. The treatment he receives from his superiors is very distant, very cold and he is a talented imaginative and highly intelligent dude trapped inside of this boring ass paper pushing job and to top things off he has to witness people dying. So he opts to investigate...go against the norm and their in lies the conflict and interesting part of this flick.I also enjoyed something from this flick that had been absent from previous entries: the comic relief. There's a character who is one of the big guys in charge of the cube who comes in when things get out of hand. He is sort of like an asshole boss who doesn't give a crap about his employees and has to try and fix a situation that arises at one point in the film. His quirky attitude and funny dialog delivery was perfectly kooky and a highlight of the film. Adding a comic relief character in a horror film can be tricky and seldom works out Resident Evil:Apocalyse anyone? but on this flick Id say it worked perfectly because its not over the top.The gore is excellent on this one! There's lots of cool deaths and they are a lot more visceral and gruesome this time around. I'm glad this flick was R and got to get away with all the gory fun. Hurray for straight to video, at least here we can get some gooey "PG-13-less" fun.The movie also touches upon the subject of what the heck happens when you get out of the cube? And this was by far one of the coolest things in the movie for me. What happens and the results blew my mind away. The director is touched upon a subject that is very relevant to me personally and I thought it kicked ass. I wont spoil it you'll have to see it, but it was a nice touch.The first two films where a complete mystery. Even the second one we didn't really get any answers as to why the cube is here and what is the purpose of it. Here we get some decent answers. The movie was more satisfying then the other two in that aspect.This movies tone is slightly less serious then the other two entries. The whole aspect of what goes on behind the curtains of the cube was delivered in a slightly comedic manner I thought but at the same time kind of strange and weird. It felt to me like a twilight zone episode or something.A highly enjoyable and satisfying sequel to an already great series of films. Gore, brains and fun all mixed into one. Check it out at your earliest possible convenience.Rating: 4 of 4
Great prequel to the other Cube movies (by wolfraiser)
I think it was a great movie, of course it's not like all those other movies you are used to see, which makes the charm of it. You have the impression of watching a good old school sci fi movie and they just made the impression very alike. You get to understand a bit more about the purpose and others of the cube, and a few links to other characters in other cube movie.Now still waiting for the next one hopefully, there is still unresolved business at the end of cube 2 hypercube.If you like the previous cubes, you should most likely like this one too. :
amazing extension of this building saga and mythos (by deathcube-1)
The cube movies are the most inventive and satisfying creations in budget horror films today.The first film is still in my top ten list and is a destined to be classic. I was a little disappointed by the second film which took a much more of a sci fi turn.But this film returns to the grittiness of the first. Also being that we get to see the observers of the cube more, many connections mostly to the first film and secrets are revealed. Many people say that they didn't like this because it jumps around out of the cube so you can't really get connected with the people in the cube. But <more>
honestly, that story has already been done, to perfection in the first cube film. This film is more about the button men who work at the cube. This movie is awesome and is a perfect sequel to the original, and far more superior than the first sequel.
Well, after glancing over a few of these comments...there aren't a lot of people who actually like this film. Which I am personally quite surprised at as me and my boyfriend found this film to be the best of the Cube series.I got the Cube box set for Christmas and I always look forward to watching a good movie. I had already seen Cube 1, so not much shocked me...bearing in mind, the first time I watched it, I was fairly disturbed...putting myself in their position...waking up in a huge cube not knowing how you got there.Then there was Cube 2, not much happened in this film...I didn't <more>
like the fact there weren't any traps as good as the first film.Then there is Cube Zero...a film that can get very confusing in places, but pieces itself together gradually, and actually explains WHY these people are in the cube, how they got there, and what happens when/if they get out. In Cube Zero, there are 2 guys hired to watch over the people in the Cube...they have files on what looks like everyone who has ever been in the Cube...you ask yourself "why would anyone want to watch over a bunch of people dieing in a cube?"...well you find that out also.I personally think that the makers of the 'SAW' series got some of their ideas from the Cube series. I mean, when you think about it...strangers waking up in a room, not knowing how they got there at first, having to find a way out of this rooms else they'll die. Pretty similar scenarios if you ask me.I'm not going to go into too much detail, as I don't really want to confuse people...but it's advised that you definitely must see the first one to make a connection to Cube Zero.
I don't understand how this movie can be rated so low. (by hannling)
Okay, for starters, I don't understand why so many people think this movie is so god damn awful. Sure, it may not have been as suspenseful as the first movie or second movie, but it did something way more than the other two movies did, it revealed what we all wanted to know. Another thing that this movie does right as a prequel is continuity. Seriously? None of you went "Oh my goodness, so that's how it's related to the first movie" at the end? To those about to watch this movie, it is A MUST for those who have watched the first movie. Sure, there are plot holes that the <more>
average baby could probably find, but it still answers a lot of the questions many of you had after watching the first movie. If not, I guess we better just wait for another sequel then.