Film Review: Cube Zero (2004)

Also known as: Cubeº, Cube Ø
Release Date: October 15th, 2004 (Screamfest)
Directed by: Ernie Barbarash
Written by: Ernie Barbarash
Music by: Norman Orenstein
Cast: Zachary Bennett, David Huband, Stephanie Moore, Michael Riley, Martin Roach

Lions Gate Entertainment, 97 Minutes

Review:

“Do you believe in God? It all hinges on that?” – Eric Wynn

I thought I had seen Cube Zero before but it may have just been in my mind. They sort of all blend together. However, this one was always said to be better than Cube 2: Hypercube but I disagree with the consensus. This is my least favorite Cube movie out of the three.

This film serves as a prequel to the other two, which is sort of cool but at the same time, leaves the interesting reveal at the end of the previous movie completely unresolved. But truthfully, nothing is really resolved with the conclusion of this series. There is some new insight and new clues dropped and I’m okay without having all the answers but it seems like each film after the first just threw shit on a wall, waiting to see what would stick. And furthermore, the director of the first film never returned for any of the sequels and I have to view that original vision as the official and sole body of work in the Cube universe. Everything else is just other people’s attempt at explaining the complex story of another artist.

The Cube movies are similar to the Saw films series, as I just have to ignore the sequels and appreciate the original body of work on its own because every new chapter is a bastardization of the original and only complicates things further than they need to be. They’re just glorified fan fictions, really.

Like the other films int he series, this one has some terrible acting. The bad script doesn’t help the incapable cast either.

However, this film does have the coolest traps, overall. Being a prequel, this Cube is more simplified in its design and in its lethal trickery.

At first glance, the addition of seeing the world behind the Cube was a welcome change. But in the end, it distracts from the Cube experience itself and just gives us a movie of two halves that are both sort of a mess on their own. Once they mix, the mess gets worse.

I’m not sure why people prefer this one to Cube 2. I mean, neither are great but this one is boring as shit and none of the new stuff is as interesting as just watching the game within the Cube unfold.

Rating: 4.25/10
Pairs well with: The other two Cube movies.

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