Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Movie: Cube [1997]

Premise: 6 strangers wake up in a strange cube with no recollection of how they got there. Each side of the cube has a hatch that leads to another room with six hatches.

It quickly becomes obvious that this movie focuses on character interaction and struggle more than action plot points. Like some of the Saw movies, a bunch of strangers stuck in a perilous situation are bound to clash and fight.

At times the acting falters and the characters try too hard but over all it wasn't distractingly bad. I didn't like any of the characters in this film but I don't think I was supposed to.

David Hewlett of Stargate fame takes a turn as a fatalistic wet blanket. As a Stargate fan I was pleasantly surprised to see him here. Sadly, whatever love I have for the actor does not translate to love for the character he plays. I believe it stems from how different my own personality is from the 'we're all going to die, let's just give up' that he has. He was the only actor I recognized.

When watching this type of film you can't help but imagine what YOU would do in each situation that crops up.

[SLIGHT SPOILER]

Later in the film the gang finds a mentally handicapped man. Me, I would vote to leave him. He would be nothing but dead weight at best, at worst he could harm the group. His actions might not have malice but that hardly matters.
Have you ever heard of Hanlon's Razor? Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. Not quite the situation for which that device is meant though. 

[LARGER SPOILER]
They come upon a room that has sound activated spikes. The re-TARD, who squeals and mutters to himself the whole time, becomes more than an inconvenience at this point. I wholeheartedly agree with Quentin here: we should to leave him behind lest he endanger us all. Nevertheless, Holloway adamantly defends the man and demands that he be brought along.
And he goes on to almost get Quentin killed. Holloway sees nothing wrong with this and acts as if his angry response after narrowly escaping death is uncalled for. The very picture of those insufferable creatures known as bleeding-hearts.

Am I being too heartless here?