History Film / CubeZero

27th Jul '16 5:57:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Downer Ending}}/ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Rains manages to escape, but will continue to be pursued until recaptured. Wynn is lobotomized and thrown back in the Cube like many Cube "Operators" before him. Everybody else dies except for the villains.]]


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* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Rains manages to escape, but will continue to be pursued until recaptured. Wynn is lobotomized and thrown back in the Cube like many Cube "Operators" before him. Everybody else dies except for the villains.]]
27th Jul '16 5:56:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The minute Jax shows up onscreen he shows his efficiency in eliminating the entire experiment. When [[spoiler:Dodd]] [[SwallowTheKey swallows an irreplacable power coupling]], Jax simply paralyzes the guy and cuts it out of him. He refuses to accept that the heroes are dead until he can confirm it with his own eyes, figures out that they can reprogram Haskell as a super soldier and sends a military team to capture the escaped heroes even after the clean sweep evaporated everyone still inside the Cube.
11th Mar '16 11:36:59 AM jackgrimm99
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* {{Downer Ending}}/ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Rains manages to escape, but will continue to be pursued until recaptured. Wynn is lobotomized and thrown back in the Cube like many Cube "Operators" before him. Everybody else dies except for the villains.]]



* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Rains manages to escape, but will continue to be pursued until recaptured. Wynn is lobotomized and thrown back in the Cube like many Cube "Operators" before him. Everybody else dies except for the villains.]]
23rd May '15 3:12:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* ImMelting: The unlucky bastard in the opening enters a room and is sprayed with a substance which he thinks is water, since it is odorless and doesn't do any immediate harm. It takes a minute before his body tissues suddenly begin to dissolve into a bloody pile of bone and liquified guts.

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* ImMelting: The unlucky bastard A particularely disgusting example happens when a character who appears in the opening enters a room and is minutes gets completely sprayed with a substance which he some sort of odorlous tissue-eating acid. He initially thinks is that it's water, since thirstily gulping it is odorless and doesn't do any immediate harm. It takes a minute down before noticing that his body tissues suddenly begin to dissolve into a bloody pile of bone skin turns waxy and liquified guts.starts to flake off.
31st Jan '15 10:27:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* EmptyRoomUntilTheTrap: Averted in the room that kills [[spoiler:Meyerhold]], which still contains the "remains" of multiple people--piles of bloody clothing.


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* GovernmentConspiracy: The proto-Cube seems to be controlled by a future theocratic dictatorship.


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* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Rains manages to escape, but will continue to be pursued until recaptured. Wynn is lobotomized and thrown back in the Cube like many Cube "Operators" before him. Everybody else dies except for the villains.]]
25th Jan '15 1:28:58 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Gorn}}: The movie opens with a character getting sprayed with a liquid that turns out to be a fast-acting form of necrotizing faciitis. The skin of his hand peels off, and he proceeds to melt into a bloody puddle.

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* {{Gorn}}: The movie opens with a character getting sprayed with a liquid that turns out to be a fast-acting form of necrotizing faciitis. The skin of his hand peels off, and he proceeds to melt into a bloody puddle. The same viral agent also infects several other characters later on, albeit in smaller doses.




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* ZombieInfectee: The Cube controllers use a strain of necrotizing faciitis to kill one of the prisoners. The woman in question infects someone else by scratching a guy's arm before dying herself. He quickly becomes a liability to the other two remaining group members and is forced to test every room from that point on, but the former soldier throws him into a trapped room before he can infect anyone else.
28th Apr '14 9:36:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* RageWithinTheMachine: The two protagonists are a division of a vaguely theocratic government responsible for monitoring the declared enemies of the state who are thrown in the Cube to be experimented on. They're both resigned to their horrifying jobs at first, but one eventually realizes what he is part of and tries to rescue the people inside, only for the scary men from upstairs to come down and track him down.
28th Apr '14 9:33:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* BigBrotherIsWatching: Inverted and played with. The two main characters ''are'' the Orwellian observers of the Cube's occupants and perform its day-to-day operations. At the same time they also have people to answer to and are inferred to be under constant surveillance themselves, as their masters throw the technicians into the Cube if they become too much of a nuisance. [[spoiler:This is because the technicians are actually another level of the Cube experiment -- observing the observers and such.]]

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* BigBrotherIsWatching: Inverted and played with. BigBrotherIsWatchingYou: The Cube occupants are covertly monitored by the mysterious controllers of the Cube, but the film plays with this by making the two observers the focus characters.
* BigBrotherIsEmployingYou:
The two main characters ''are'' the Orwellian observers of the Cube's occupants and perform its day-to-day operations. At the same time they also have people to answer to and are inferred to be under constant surveillance themselves, as their masters throw the technicians into the Cube if they become too much of a nuisance. [[spoiler:This is because the technicians are actually another level of the Cube experiment -- observing the observers and such.]]
16th Mar '14 11:39:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheHeavy: Jax is the most palpable human threat in the film as the evil organization's field man who directly cleans up after their experiment goes awry when one of the technicians revolts. He's shown receiving orders over the phone from people higher up in the chain, but they're never seen.
1st Feb '14 9:24:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The minute Jax shows up onscreen he shows his efficiency in eliminating the entire experiment. When Dodd swallows an irreplacable power coupling, Jax simply paralyzes Dodd and cuts it out of him. He refuses to accept that the heroes are dead until he can confirm it with his own eyes, figures out that they can reprogram Haskell as a super soldier and sends a military team to capture the escaped heroes even after the clean sweap evaporated everyone still inside the Cube.

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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The minute Jax shows up onscreen he shows his efficiency in eliminating the entire experiment. When Dodd [[spoiler:Dodd]] [[SwallowTheKey swallows an irreplacable power coupling, coupling]], Jax simply paralyzes Dodd the guy and cuts it out of him. He refuses to accept that the heroes are dead until he can confirm it with his own eyes, figures out that they can reprogram Haskell as a super soldier and sends a military team to capture the escaped heroes even after the clean sweap sweep evaporated everyone still inside the Cube.Cube.
* ElectronicEyes: Jax lost one of his eyes due a mechanical mishap and had it replaced with a robotic one. It's only a RedRightHand however and he never uses it for superhuman feats.



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:After Dodd has aided the Cube puppeteers for a long time and ignored all the people he's been ordered to kill, he helps Wynn escape from the Cube by sabotaging the Cube's power supply. Dodd is murdered by Jax for his troubles.]]

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:After Dodd has aided the Cube puppeteers for a long time and ignored all the people he's been ordered to kill, he helps Wynn escape from the Cube by sabotaging the Cube's power supply. supply, knowing that this would mean certain death. Dodd is then murdered by Jax for his troubles.]]



* SuperSoldier: The government soldiers are implanted with a chip and "reprogrammed" to become the perfect soldier, feeling no pain and obeying orders without question.
* SurpriseCheckmate: Wynn keeps beating Dodd at chess with moves he never anticipated. This is partly explained by Wynn being able to [[AwesomeByAnalysis visualize entire chess games mentally]].
* SwallowTheKey: Dodd tears out a power coupling to prevent the heroes from killing his colleague Wynn and swallows it when the villain Jax confronts him over this. [[spoiler:Subverted, as Jax simply paralyzes Dodd and personally cuts it out.]]

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* SuperSoldier: The government soldiers are implanted with a chip and "reprogrammed" to become the perfect soldier, feeling no pain pain, getting superhuman strength and obeying orders without question.
* SurpriseCheckmate: Wynn keeps beating Dodd at chess with moves he never anticipated. This is partly explained by Wynn being able to [[AwesomeByAnalysis [[AwesomenessByAnalysis visualize entire chess games mentally]].
* SwallowTheKey: Dodd tears out a power coupling to prevent the heroes villains from killing his colleague Wynn and swallows it when the villain their leader Jax confronts him over this. [[spoiler:Subverted, as Jax simply paralyzes Dodd and personally cuts it out.out of him.]]



* YouWontFeelAThing: The Cube surgeon at the end falsely assures Wynn that he won't feel anything of the lobotomy they're going to give him. The first thing Wynn does when they cut into his brain is scream out in terror.

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* YouWontFeelAThing: The Cube surgeon at the end falsely assures Wynn that he won't feel anything of the lobotomy {{lobotomy}} they're going to give him. The first thing Wynn does when they cut into his brain is scream out in terror.
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