Also known as: Cube 2 (simplified), Hypercube (promotional title)
Release Date: July 29th, 2002 (München Fantasy Filmfest)
Directed by: Andrzej Sekula
Written by: Sean Hood
Music by: Norman Orenstein
Cast: Kari Matchett, Geraint Wyn Davies, Grace Lynn King, Matthew Ferguson, Neil Crone
Lions Gate Films, 94 Minutes
“Each one of these rooms has six of these doors and portals, but no matter how many different doors and portals I go through I always end up in the same three rooms.” – Jerry Whitehall
Cube²: Hypercube is a worthwhile sequel and it isn’t.
The reason why it is worthwhile is because it takes the established formula from the original Cube and expands on it and builds off of it. The rules are sort of the same but things have changed, as our abductees find themselves in a new Cube structure. Things aren’t as simple as they were before and now there is an extra time and space dynamic that makes things more timey wimey than an episode of Doctor Who.
The reason why this isn’t worthwhile is actually more than just one reason.
For starters, the film is a jumbled mess and while it introduces some cool science-y ideas and concepts, it is a giant ass paradox of paradoxes and pretty confusing at points. It is one of those movies that relies on the viewer being more than a novice at quantum physics but if you are more than a novice, it all falls apart. It’s like the writer read some amateur science blog written by someone who theorizes a lot but doesn’t actually study and test their zany theories.
Secondly, the traps in this movie are terrible and flat out suck. Every danger is some sort of shitty CGI thing. There are the shitty CGI glass pillar things that decapitate, the shitty CGI killer tesseract blender blade thingy, a shitty CGI moving wall that looks like… well, shitty CGI.
Also, you have atrocious acting. I think, overall, the acting is a step up from the first Cube but the actors who are the worst here are worse than the worst from the first movie. The main actress is okay and comes across better than anyone else in this series, thus far. Still, none of the acting is anything to write home about.
I don’t hate Cube² but I also don’t like it. It had some really interesting ideas that fell flat almost as soon as they were introduced but it did kept me engaged enough to want to see how this story panned out.
Really, I just want to know what the hell that ending was about and I want more backstory to these strange experiments. But that’s what Cube Zero, the third and final film is for.
Pairs well with: Cube and Cube Zero.