Whet do you get if you take away the visual imagery and inventive traps that made Cube stand out, replace it with repetition, make the story even more confusing and pay it off insultingly? Yep, you guessed it. Cube 2: Hypercube!
The direction this sequel goes in is so puzzling. It doesn’t even try to answer any questions left from the original, nor does it really build upon it. Instead we get a totally different idea, one that is so convoluted it takes character after character to explain it the best they can.
By the end you’ll be none the wiser and feeling quite a bit let down.
Kate (Kari Matchett), Simon (Geraint Wyn Davis), Jerry (Neil Crone), Sasha (Grace Lynn-Kung) who is blind and Max (Matthew Ferguson) all wake up inside a brightly lit cube. They have no idea how they got there nor have they ever met before.
Each room has panels on the walls that serve as doors allowing the group to move from room to room. This is how they also run into Julia (Lindsey Connell) and an elderly woman named Mrs. Paley (Barbara Gordon) who may be suffering from dementia.
The group now complete, try to theorise where they are coming to the conclusion that they’re in a tesseract/hypercube. Now it’s just a matter of finding a way out but what do the numbers 60659 mean?
Rooms where gravity is reversed, rooms where time moves slower or faster, rooms that show events that have already happened or that will happen…Hypercube bases itself on the distortion of time and space. A very mixed result as it’s just not that interesting.
A serviceable cast do their best to carry the weight of so much exposition but there is little of note here. A couple stand out a bit more as almost all of them are fundamentally quite likeable and no-one irritates. Always a positive.
The biggest flaw in the movie though is the rubbish CGI and the lack of clever or unique kills. Cube 2: Hypercube is not bigger or better and actually takes a few steps backwards.
By time the finale arrives you’re likely to be happy to see it and if you’d not worked it out already, there is a twist. One that does make sense but won’t leave you satisfied especially as we’re all none the wiser who is behind all of this.
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Cube 2: Hypercube
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