2002 / Director. Andrzej Sekla.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
CUBE was an unexpected film. It was original, intelligent and rhetorical. It presented a situation that required acceptance from the viewer. People were trapped inside a complex labyrinth of cubed rooms, some rooms booby trapped, and had to mathematically find their way out. Viewers who asked what the cube was and why these people were in it are the people who missed the point. Those questions were irrelevant and we just had to accept the circumstances. It was a film that should have stood alone and a sequel, as inevitable as it was, would only present us with an inferior rehash. And that's exactly what happened with CUBE 2: HYPERCUBE. A group of new people wake inside a second-phase cube. The dark, industrial design of the first films has been upgraded to a bright, fluorescent & sanitised setting for this follow-up. There are no serial numbers and the entire place presents itself with inter-dimensional portals, parallel universes and gravitational variances. If the first film was asking a lot of the viewer to suspend their disbelief than CUBE 2 is being totally fucking unreasonable. There is no shred of reality to this movie and for us to accept it for what it is is ludicrous. The performances from everyone involved are terrible, though the actors were given an atrocious script to work with. The story gets more convoluted and ludicrous as it goes and leads to a truly dumb and disappointing conclusion. CUBE 2 was a money grab movie. There was never any creative influence behind it and I doubt the producers cared whether or not it was any good. It's an insult to sci-fi fans when movies like this come along. Fortunately the trilogy was capped off with a much better 3rd instalment, which served as a prequel. If you ever consider a CUBE trilogy marathon I would recommend skipping this one and making it a double-feature instead. This is a turd!