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Cube 2: Hypercube (2002)

  Directed by: Andrzej Sekula
Written by: Sean Hood
Starring: Geraint Wyn Davies, Kari Matchett
Links: Cube 2: Hypercube on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Suspense/Horror/Thriller

This movie gets: 5.00 (1 rating)
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"Hyperletdown" - a review by andy-j

Cube 2: Hypercube is the sequel to the brilliant thriller Cube (1997), a film about a bunch of strangers trying to escape from a massive cube-structure, composed of many smaller cube-shaped rooms. Some rooms were safe, others contained truly diabolical and very deadly traps. The group had to stick together to survive, and try to unravel the cube's secret in order to escape.

Cube 2: Hypercube ...argh.. let's just call it Cube 2 ok? Cube 2 pretty much follows the formula establised by its namesake, but it mixes things up a little by adding a fourth dimension to the proceedings. So now our cast have to work with time-shifts, different realities and all sorts of other hard-to-grasp concepts, in order to escape the hypercube. The traditional razor and acid traps are out, replaced by things like massive morphing shapes, moving time walls, shifting gravity and multiple threads of reality. Unfortunately, it ultimately just doesn't work too well. While there are some good ideas, many of them don't seem to make much sense, and others just aren't scary. One such example is a room where you move really fast, and looking out of it, everything appears to move really slowly. Not really scary, and definitely not deadly. Or interesting. Not much point to it really.

None of this is helped by the fact that, towards the end of the movie, things suddenly are rushedrushedrushed. Some great ideas are thrown about and not explored or allowed to develop (such as multiple threads of reality, meaning that there are many 'copies' of each person in the hypercube), the hypercube's 'secret' is revealed without much explanation at all, and the next thing you know, you're watching the final scene and the credits are rolling. I must have really missed something because the final scene made very little sense to me, and it was only when I watched the alternative ending on the DVD that things started to become slightly clearer. It reminded me of something out of The X-Files. What a let-down.

Cube 2's characters are pretty much carbon copies of the cast in the first movie - the strong female who clashes with the big bully, the disabled person, etc. The characters aren't nearly as well developed though, and their relationships aren't probed very deeply (part of what made Cube so watchable).

Cube 2 is a good example of a sequel that doesn't really know where to go or what to do with itself, so it just follows its predecessor's path. Unfortunately it loses out on originality points this way. In addition, it isn't as balanced, deep or exciting as Cube. What originality it does present is wasted, as it just isn't smart enough to capitalise on the potential that it touches upon.

andy-j gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 7 Apr 2004

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