CUBE 2 HYPERCUBE

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Review By Brian Edwards, 3.5 out of 5 Well when I first heard of this film I could only see there being two possibilities, a remake with a larger budget or a film that centres itself on the origins of the CUBE. In this case the first of these concepts is applied.

Again a group of strangers find themselves in a maze of interconnecting rooms, each room has six doors and each room looks identical. Some of the rooms are trapped! This time though the rules have changed. This time the physics of the room have gone a bit Cyber Punk. Variable time speeds, inter-dimensional cubes and so on.

The sequel is notable by the absence of any device or method that determines the safe nature of the rooms. For this reason the film seems to ramble a bit having lost the focus that the numbers bring to the first film, but again the characterisation pulls the plot through a very similar route to that of the original.

The characters seem to be carbon copies of the previous crew, the angry one, the disadvantaged one, the one who has had something to do with the development of the CUBE and so on.

Although this does seem to be repetitive I recommend any one that has seen THE CUBE to see this as it does add to the mythology of the CUBE UNIVERSE and actually has a few very good ideas and plot elements. These plot elements make the film worth watching without betraying the original and make the film into much more than the remake with knobs on that I dreaded before I watched the film.

As a word of caution please do not watch this film if you HAVEN’T seen THE CUBE. Not because you would not understand the plot, there is a lot of ‘What are we doing here’ and ‘where are we’ discussions that would fill in the virgin viewer, but because you will want to see THE CUBE but when you do CUBE 2 HYPERCUBE would have already stolen it’s thunder.

The effects of the film are passable, the CGI traps do the job, but the best effects are those you cannot see, especially the use of the VIRTUAL CUBE that allows impossible shots that really do add to the mixed dimensions of the film.

Added to the rental version of the film is a number of trailers and TV spots (TV adverts, 30 second trailers) and quite a good documentary for a rental release.

On the Retail version that follows promises more, but rent the film first, you may just like it.

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