People are forced to try and navigate the deadly maze of a three dimensional cube in this third installment of the Cube franchise. When Eric, a Cube technician, tries to save an innocent woman, Cassandra, trapped in the cube he becomes trapped with her and others. As Cube management works to cleanse the cube of humans Eric tries to find the exit, saving himself and Cassandra.
Zachary Bennett (Eric), David Huband (Dodd), Stephanie Moore (Cassandra), Martin Roach (Haskell), Terri Hawkes (Jellico), Richard McMillan (Bartok), Mike Nahrgang (Meyerhold), Tony Munch (Owen), Mihael Riley (Jax).
Cube Zero kicks off with a nice bit of gory horror before stepping into the Cube control room and slowing down drastically. As the story is told from the perspective of Eric, a cube technician, we learn a lot more about how the cube itself works, how it is run, the possibilities for escape, and how those trapped try different things to get free. The plot is pretty simple; If you are stuck in the Cube, get out. The only variation is Eric entering the cube of his own free will to try and save Cassandra, at which he does a poor job.
Acting was pretty bland in this one though the animated characters were a nice change in the series. Bennett and Huband were a bit campy while Moore and Roach were completely serious. That worked well until Eric enters the cube at which point the two methods didn’t mix well. Riley did fairly well with his quirky role. The remainder of the supporting cast was lukewarm at best.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were interesting with a noticeable industrial feel in the cube control room. The rest of the cube was bland as usual though the traps were interesting. Effects, both action and gore based were nicely done and add a lot to the film. Dialogue was both campy and serious and mediocre. Sound seemed low for some reason throughout the film while the soundtrack was plain and uninteresting.
Overall Cube Zero felt like it brought back some of the energy to the franchise despite an ending contrived purely to support another sequel. Fans of previous Cube films may not enjoy this one as much as the first film but probably more than the second.
With plenty of foul language, gore, and disturbing images save this for the oldest teens and above.
Cube Zero is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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