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The Cube (1998) Review

This film tries to bill itself as a Breakfast Club inside a box. 6 very different people work together to solve their way out of a giant cube they have found themselves trapped inside of. However, their differences are simply - girl that knows a lot about math, a disabled man, doctor, etc. It really feels like the writers just kind of pulled some characters out of a hat and were like, ok this is what we're going with.

Sadly, the film doesn't even come close to building any kind of tension at all. The acting is terrible; with each person being caricatures of the personalities they are supposed to be. The math whiz (played by Nicole de Boer), for example, rattles off calculations, which the audience cannot make heads or tails of, while adjusting her glasses and occasionally sounding a little more nasally. She has no depth other than that and it's almost painful to watch. The disabled man (played by Andrew Miller) in particular is a horrible stereotype and perhaps worse still, the only minority character (played by Maurice Dean Wint) also happens to be the villain. Of course, I'll concede that I may be reaching on that one, but it still doesn't add any likeability points to the film.

Sadly, the film doen't even come close to building any kind of tension at all. The acting is terrible; with each person being caricatures of the personalities they are supposed to be. The math whiz (played by Nicole de Boer), for example, rattles off calculations, which the audience cannot make heads or tails of, while adjusting her glasses and occasionally sounding a little more nasally. She has no depth other than that and it's almost painful to watch. The disabled man (played by Andrew Miller) in particular is a horrible stereotype and perhaps worse still, the only minority character (played by Maurice Dean Wint) also happens to be the villain. Of course, I'll concede that I may be reaching on that one, but it still doesn't add any likeability points to the film.

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While, the plot itself is easy to understand and some of the traps set within the maze are interesting enough, the story is thin and convoluted at best. The ending answers no questions and gives no closure. The movie, I imagine, wants to be a living Rubik's Cube, but instead it's a study in how to take an interesting enough premise and then fail considerably at making it work on screen.