Writer: Andre Bijelic, Vincenze Natali, Graeme Manson (Screenplay)
Starring: Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Nicole De Boer, Nicky Guadagni, Andrew Miller, Julian Richings, Wayne Robson
Plot: When seven strangers Quentin (Dean Wint), Worth (Hewlett), Leaven (De Boer), Holloway (Guadagni), Kazan (Miller), Alderson (Richings) and Rennes (Robson) wake up in a mysterious cube device full of booby traps, they have to unite to figure out a way out. It doesn’t take long before their personalities clash and start to change the mind sets of the characters. Who will survive to make it out the maze of traps?
Verdict: Smart Thriller
Story: Before Jigsaw played games we got the Cube this offered a chance to look at the idea of being trapped in a maze of traps not knowing if you would make it out as well as giving us the audience a chance to see and guess who will end up going next. The puzzle element is a big part of the outcome. This story opened doors in the horror thriller genre and will always be remembered for that.
The characters we meet include Quentin (Wint) a detective who starts to panic thinking everyone is against him. Worth (Hewlett) who is one of the designers of the cube system but never knew how it worked. Leaven (De Boer) the maths expert student who has to take time to figure out prime numbers even when they end in 0 or 5, really? Just for the people who don’t know prime numbers can only be divvied by themselves and one. Holloway (Guadagni) a nurse who shows a human touch to the mentally challenged Kazan as well as being about conspiracy. Kazan (Miller) a mental challenged guy who ends up being the secret weapon to escape. Rennes (Robson) an escape artist who is used to create knowledge for the other characters before getting killed off early. Each one has a part to play with the characters attempts to escapes.
Director Vincenzo Natali offers a new way to make a horror film that really paved the way for the ‘saw’ franchise. This has plenty of mystery about it, while the characters try to figure out what is happening to them and why they are involved. We get thrills from start to finish as we and the characters simply don’t know what is going to be through the next door. The setting adds to a horror idea because the characters are now stuck in an isolated environment. The special effects are used to great effect for the time as each trap offers something different.
I would suggest this to ever horror thriller fan out there, if you want to see something different this will be for you too. If you are a fan of ‘Saw’ you should watch this and see where the idea came from for the ‘games’.
Tagline: Don’t look for a reason …. Look for a way out.
Trivia: All the characters are name after prisons
Overall: Thriller Horror Genre Game Changer
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