Tuesday, March 17, 2009

71) Cube 2: Hypercube (2002)

71) Cube 2: Hypercube (2002) Dir: Andrezj Sekula Date Released: April 2003 Date Seen: March 13th, 2009 Rating: 2/5

The problem with any sequel to Cube (1997) Vincenzo Natali’s sharp puzzle box thriller, is determining a new aspect of the original film’s psycho-architecture (or psychotecture) to expand on. Space was the obvious first step and so time should logically follow. Initially, Cube 2: Hypercube (2002) looks like it may make good on that promise and add something to the original without trying to diminish its alluring mystery with unnecessary backstories or explanations of who or what built the titular cube. Sadly, the enormous potential that encountering past and future maze dwellers has is never capitalized but rather ignored for the sake of insipid and useless new traps that are distractingly preposterous and the best evidence of why Hypercube could have used several rewrites. It's not only as amateurish as Cube Zero (2004) but that's like saying that Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005) was better than House of Flying Daggers (2004; lol Zhang Yimou). 

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