Cube 2: Hypercube (2002)

logoDirector: Andrzej Sekula

Writer: Sean Hood, Ernie Barbarash, Lauren McLaughlin (Screenplay) Sean Hood (Story)

Starring: Kari Matchett, Geraint Wyn Davies, Grace Lynn Kung, Matthew Ferguson, Neil Crone, Barbara Gordon, Lindsey Connell, Greer Kent, Bruce Gray, Philip Akin, Paul Robbins, Andrew Scorer

 

Plot: Eight strangers find themselves waking up in a strange cube-shaped room with no recollection of how they came to be there. Soon discovering that they’re in a strange fourth dimension where our laws of physics don’t apply, they have to unravel the secrets of the “hypercube” in order to survive.

 

Verdict: Lacklustre Sequel

 

Story: After the first ‘Cube’ film was something from outside the box (no pun intended) we had traps, crazy kills and an intelligent story idea. This time we have a group of strangers (again) trying to figure out why they are in the structure. We have an early scene that eliminates the idea of the numbers which is good because we have to watch them figure out another way out. We have to go through the ‘who are you’ stage where we get a flash of who they really are but not everyone tells the truth. We don’t seem to get the same sort of games or traps if you like to get through and very little happen until the first one turns up. We have the same type of characters used whose secrets right up to the end are important to everything that happens. In the end it has a few shocks but only one you don’t see coming. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Kari Matchett: Kate the good won’t leave anybody behind girl who is actually a psychologist and tries to manage how people are reacting to the situation. Good performance but the character was massively flawed with indecision. (6/10)

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Geraint Wyn Davies: Simon starting off in a threating manner who ends up joining the team looking for a way out, but when things get out of hand he decides to make more of his time in the cube. Solid performance but you always know where his character is going. (5/10)

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Grace Lynn Kung: Sasha a mysterious blind girl involved in the game, but without really doing or saying anything until a twist in the story about her true identity. Basic performance who never really does anything. (3/10)

 

Matthew Ferguson: Max a game designer who gets caught up in the middle of the cube knows the who’s who in genius world but never really does anything in the story. Basic disposable character who offers a few smart arse lines but nothing else more. (3/10)

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Neil Crone: Jerry genuine nice guy who helped design the doors in the cube, but his good nature will be his weakness inside the cube. Creates a likable character that you want to make it out. (6/10)

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Barbara Gordon: Mrs Paley crazy old lady who is actually a genius who between her illusions can help the people get out but it is keeping her in the right zone which is the challenge. Good performance who really is the only entertainment in this film. (7/10)

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Lindsey Connell: Julia party animal who is the last to be found, she really is just a disposable character who offers nothing to what is going on. Has nothing to work with. (3/10)

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Director Review: Andrzej Sekula – Fails to bring out the uniqueness of the original by not including any real traps using an idea that doesn’t really come off as truly interesting. (4/10)

 

Mystery: Leaves you with the same questions from the original. (7/10)

Sci-Fi: Good look at a futuristic idea that is meant to be only theoretical. (9/10)

Thriller: Doesn’t pull you in as much as it should. (3/10)

Settings: With the setting being locked in a place with no known way out makes a great setting. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Some good effects when we eventually get the first trap but gets let down later in the film with poor CGI. (5/10)

Suggestion: This could be tried but I don’t think it will be liked by many expect the diehard fans of the original. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The first trap comes off very well.

Worst Part: Slow starting.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one sequel

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Tagline: There is more to fear than you can see.

 

Overall: Poor Sequel

Rating 50

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Our Favourite Performance – Christopher Walken

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We have been looking at our own individual favourite role from the star above, we would like to hear from you about which is your favourite role. Lewis’ choice is one of the most loved actors in the business who can turn up in literally any role.

Lewis’ Pick

Nick – Deer Hunter (1978) deer unter In the first act we see an apparently carefree guy who deep down is afraid of heading into the Vietnam War. Later, his character is severely damaged by the Russian roulette scene, and instead of returning home he decides to remain in Saigon, playing the same game.

My Pick

Hessian Horseman – Sleepy Hollow (1999) sleepy The horseman going around collecting the heads of the people who betrayed him.

Lesley’s Pick

Hans – Seven Psychopaths (2012)seven

Windles’s Pick

Bobby Cahn – Wayne’s World 2 (1993)waynes

Ian’s Pick

Morty – Click (2006) morty The man who gives our lead the remote and keeps turning up to inform him of his mistakes.

Simon’s Pick

Nick – Deer Hunter (1978)deer unter

Jenna’s Pick

Wilbur Turnblad – Hairspray (2007)hair spray

Trailer Alert – Kill Me Three Times

Plot – In the Australian surfing town of Eagle’s Nest, a young woman is the thread that binds three tales of murder, blackmail and revenge.

Release Date:  No wide release set in UK

Stars:

  • Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz)
  • Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies)
  • Alice Braga (I am Legend)

Director: Kriv Stenders (Red Dog)

Highlight of the Trailer: Simon Pegg and the car explosion, but what did he forget?

What Looks Good? The multiple sides to the stories could work.

What Looks Bad? It could end up getting too confusing.

Summary: I am not sure if it is meant to be a comedy but looks like it could be funny which will help the story have a lighter side because a full serious one may struggle to make an impact.

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 50%

My Guess Rating – 60%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No