By Brett Mullins
Directed by Andrzej Sekula
Cube 2: Hypercube is the disappointing sequel to cult hit original. The film attempts to be both complex and ambiguous with its plot to the point where comprehension by the audience is nearly out of the question.
Paralleled from the first film, eight individuals wake in a massive cube structure and wonder around in search of others and an exit. This cube is different than that of the first film in that this one is completely illogical. As implied by the title, the characters are stuck inside of a hypercube which isn’t completely implausible in and of itself. Instead of the booby traps spread throughout the colorful rooms of the first maze, these rooms are white and have a certain sterile hospital feel about them. In addition to this, some rooms appear to have mystical or unexplained properties.
Fans of the first will be quick to note the similar archetypes of the characters and dilemmas faced by the group. Though they are quite similar, these characters often act more illogically, especially considering their hidden motives.
The workings of the cube structure are so mindboggling and incoherent that I’m not going to waste time detailing them in this review. See The Logic of Cube 2: Hypercube.
Even with the severe logical problems of this film, it is somehow able to spark an interest in the audience. This is mostly due to the audience hoping for some grand explanation at the end. Though the conclusion turns out to be a flop, the concept of the film still remains interesting and pushes the audience toward wanting a sequel.
No matter how intriguing a film is, it is difficult to enjoy alongside a growing anger from sloppy writing.