Director – Andrzej Sekula
Cast – Kari Matchett, Geraint Wyn Davies, Grace Lynn Kung, Matthew Ferguson, Neil Crone, Barbara Gordon, Lindsey Connell, Greer Kent, Bruce Gray, Philip Akin
Release Year – 2002
Reviewed by John of the Dead
I have remained a big fan of the film “Cube” over the years due to how original and perfectly executed it is. After reading for quite some time on the film’s two sequels I decided to finally give the first sequel, “Cube 2: Hypercube” a watch. While this flick does in fact throw in more elements than the first film did, none of the elements really engaged me and the most I could give this flick with an upgraded 4-dimensional cube was a 5-rating.
In this flick a group of 8 strangers are thrown into another cube maze similar to the first film, but with new dangers. Each of the cubes has the ability to warp time, and physics, which leads the strangers on a destructive quest to survive the ordeal. This will prove harder than they think because this cube is not merely a maze, but quite possibly…hell.
Right from the get-go I was hooked on this flick, simply because I LOVE scenarios where a person wakes up in a strange place with no recollection of how they got there, especially a barren white cube. Yes, this film gives us a slightly different look of the cubes with its white cubes, compared to the dark colored ones of the first film. Personally, I prefer the dark colored ones due to them creating more of a creepy and moody feeling. I simply saw the white cubes in this flick as something different, not anything great. While my attention was kept for most of the film, it was simply because due to the mystery element behind what was going on with the cube. This was aided by the fact that we get more information regarding who is behind the development of the cube, and we also learn eventually that each of the strangers have reasons for being thrown into the experiment. We never learned the reasons behind those thrown into the cube in the first film, and I did not mind that, but it was cool to see that these people at least had some inner conflict to deal with due to their actions regardless if they were right or wrong.
Normally, I liked when new elements are thrown into a film/series because it adds to the diversity and makes the watch much more interesting, granted that the new elements are executed properly. The elements of physics and time warp thrown into this film were unsatisfying and left me thinking that screenwriter Sean Hood, who wrote “Halloween: Ressurection” and Lucky McKee’s “Masters of Horror” entry titled “Sick Girl”, should have gone in another direction. Proper execution via director Andrzej Sekula would have helped the situation a bit, but there is no way to really know that given he did not executed the scenes properly. Oh well.
The film’s climax was an interesting one, and although it did complicate things a bit I did find it to be an OK climax given it show us some insight into what is going on with the cube. Also, I never saw the “twist” coming, and that helped in my enjoyment. Sadly, the plot holes that riddle this film are worsened a bit thanks to the ending only increasing Sean Hood’s plot-debt to the viewer.
Overall, this is a poor sequel that barely comes off as a mediocre watch thanks to its mystery and Cube-related content. If you are curious about the Cube series then I suggest you watch this flick as I did simply for the knowledge. If you are looking for a great watch…look elsewhere.