A gold nugget of a movie – brought to me by my guests
You don’t get rich blogging about movies. Or well, I reckon someone out there maybe does, but I don’t earn a penny on it since I don’t allow ads. But I get other bonuses. For instance I get suggestions from readers, based on my previous reviews, about other movies I should check out since they think I might like it.
Cube is by far the movie that has been suggested to me most times. I think it first was brought up in connection to my review of Buried as another example of an excellent movie with a very tight budget. Later on I wrote a love post about Splice and then I was once again told by readers to watch Cube, since it’s an earlier work by the same director, Vincenzo Natali, and according to some an even better movie.
I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for the film blogging community I wouldn’t have heard of either the director or the film. And that would have been such a shame, because of course you were right. This was exactly the kind of movie I fall for.
And now we’re moving into the area where it gets tricky. I knew nothing about Cube apart from the name and that had been recommended to me. And I don’t want anyone else who hasn’t watched it to know much more. So how can I describe it without giving away too much?
Well, I think I can say as much as that it takes place in a cube. That’s given away in the title, isn’t it? One day a group of people wake up and find themselves inside this cube and the movie is about their search for a way out. I think that will do for the plot description.
It’s not just me keeping you in the dark; the film does a bit of the same thing. We don’t really know very much. All we can do is to guess and have theories, trying to solve the puzzle alongside with the party.
If you’d ask me to describe Cube, I’d say it’s a science fiction film with horror and thriller elements and a touch of drama and insight into the human psyche. Think of it as a crossover between Buried, Lost and No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre. (In case you’re not familiar with No Exit, it’s a play about three persons who find themselves stuck together in a closed room with no way out, after a while coming to the conclusion mirrored in a famous quote: “Hell is other people”.)
Is it low budget? You bet. I don’t know about the exchange rates, but a production cost 365 000 dollars doesn’t sound like a lot to me. It was shot in twenty days on a single set, mostly with a handheld camera. But the simplicity doesn’t prevent it from being scary, engaging, thrilling, stimulating and entertaining.
You’re most likely to see more gushing from me over Vincenzo Natali’s work in the future since I still have a couple of more movies of his to catch up on.
Thank you for leading me to him. I owe you one.
Cube (Vincenzo Natali, CA, 1997) My rating: 4,5/5