YMMV / Cube


  • Complete Monster: Quentin, a police officer, is one of several people who are mysteriously trapped inside a giant cubical maze which is composed of smaller cubical rooms, some of which are booby-trapped. He initially presents himself as a levelheaded leader and assists in navigating the group to the maze's outer edge, but is slowly revealed to be a cruel, violent man who proves to be a bigger threat to the group's survival than the deadly maze itself. He drops Holloway to her death merely because he dislikes her, then lies about it to the others. He tries to rape Leaven not soon after. He's stopped in time by Worth, for which Quentin savagely beats him. When the others finally try to leave him behind for what he did, he finds a way back to them at the exit room. He quickly stabs Leaven to death, fatally wounds Worth, and prepares to do the same to the mentally disabled Kazan before he is stopped by the dying Worth.
  • Contested Sequel: It's often debated whether the second and third movies were worthy additions, or if it would have been best to let the first movie stand on its own. Even people who believe the first film to be far superior can't agree on whether Cube 2: Hypercube or Cube Zero was the better sequel.
    • Cube 2: Hypercube might have retained the mystery of the Cube, was more serious but far less gory, and had a unique look, but still had some silly characters and Narm scenes. (Sean Hood's original proposal script for Hypercube was on par with Natali's original; better characters, consistently darker mood as the plot goes on and actual, constant danger.)
    • Cube Zero visually retained the industrial look of the first film and was far less serious with more humorous scenes than either previous film, and left little to no mystery at all, but heightened the gore in places and at least attempted continuity with the first film.
    • So go see Cube Zero if you want more of the same with some humor. See Hypercube if you want atmosphere and something different. Ignore them and just stick with the original if you want neither.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Quentin grows steadily more hostile over the course of the film, but he doesn't make the full transition into becoming a genuine threat to the group until he kills Holloway by letting her fall to her death. It's not very surprising that our protagonists eventually try to get rid of him afterwards.
  • Narm:
    • "Holy cats!"
  • Retroactive Recognition: Screenwriter Graeme Manson is best know these days for a little show about clones.
    • Folks who watch the movie nowadays might be surprised to see Dr. McKay in the Cube.
  • Sequelitis: Big time
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Despite being dated nowadays. The effects were well done for a No Budget film. Especially since the CG was done free.

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