Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: Cube 2: Hypercube

Starring: Kari Matchett, Geraint Wyn DAvies, Grace Lynn Kung
Directed by: Andrzej Sekula
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour 34 minutes

After finding out there was more to Cube, I desperately needed to delve further into this mysterious purpose. The first movie got me thinking and apparently audiences and myself craving more. We wanted answers! For me, I hoped this sequel would offer more to this interesting universe.

Eight strangers find themselves waking up in a strange cube-shaped room with no recollection of how they came to be there. Soon discovering that they're in a strange fourth dimension where our laws of physics don't apply, they have to unravel the secrets of the "hypercube" in order to survive. [Source: IMDb]

Usually with sequels, the director or whoever pulls the strings wants to make things bigger and flashier. They usually want to add extra to the story and tend to go overboard with the good points of the first movie. Well, this second installment does just that. It's definitely a "hypercube". In Cube, the cube is just one giant entity that rotates from time to time. In this sequel, it is a cube made of smaller cubes that defy the laws of physics and manipulates time. This cube inside a cube [or cube-ception] presents an even bigger challenge for our group of characters to solve. While at first it seems like they figured out a solution, another obstacle comes into play and this happens more than once. Along with these obstacles, a couple strange things occur which feature a gravity defying sex scene, something to do with a tesseract with no Loki included, and a parallel universe. It's...interesting.

Much like the first movie, I did enjoy the array of characters and what they brought to the table. They did answer a couple questions about the cube's existence, but still kept things very ambiguous. On the other hand, roughly half of these characters are either annoying or useless. Sure, there were at least a couple characters in our group of unfortunates that I enjoyed, but the first batch had more balance. Less is more, in other words. Along with that reasoning were the traps and bloody visuals. I'm sure one element of Cube that most people enjoyed were the traps. So, it was obvious that they would amp up the torture. With a little extra budget, it was bound to get a little crazy.

While it sounds like I didn't enjoy this second installment, let me surprise you by saying that I actually wanted more and was happy that I had one more movie to go. Yes, less is more, but I understand what they were trying to go for. Cube was a great and unique idea that didn't give much of an explanation; by upping the stakes, you kinda want to know more about why this is happening to seemingly innocent people. Cube 2: Hypercube attempts to ramp up the threat and throw in some next level curve balls to throw not only the characters off, but the viewers as well. It was admittedly a bold attempt to keep audiences hooked, but the extra features seemed a little too ambitious. Nonetheless, the science fiction elements make things exciting and the curiosity keeps you going.

Rating: 3.5/5

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1 comment:

Kari Rub said...

Nice review. I remember when I first saw this movie. I was totally hooked.