Review: Cube 2: Hypercube, 2002

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Editor’s Note: This review is part of our ‘Cube’ celebration today. You can read Garrett’s review on the first movie, ‘Cube’, here.

Director: Andrzej Sekula
Writers: Sean Hood
Stars: Kari Matchett, Geraint Wyn Davies, Grace Lynn Kung

Cube 2: Hypercube is basically the movie I remembered CUBE being—a fun sci-fi concept done well enough. The thing that I didn’t remember about CUBE is that it’s actually about something beyond it’s premise. With Cube 2: Hypercube, all we have is the premise. The characters aren’t nearly as interesting, or well defined, and have very little drama among them that doesn’t have to do with the premise. Whereas in the original, there are layers to why these characters come to blows that exist outside the CUBE.

Which means Cube 2: Hypercube is pretty fun! It’s not great but there’s some goofy ideas in it that I enjoyed and the whole premise is pretty cool even if it’s kind of under-explored. The ending is bananas, not necessarily in a good way, but wild regardless.

I just love these movies. Simple, low budget, making a lot out of a little. The biggest disappointment here is they mostly do away with the concept of the traps, which feels like a big mistake. This is a horror series as much as it’s a sci-fi series, and this one kind of forgoes that element.

Still, would watch any CUBE movie you give me. Let’s make this series as long and insane as the FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise—there’s no reason not to.

Score: ★★☆☆☆

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