The moment I'm sure you have all been waiting for is finally here! The review where I answer the question: Was hypercube a brilliant gem of the silver screen or was it a steaming piece of Hyper...? Ok, so maybe that's just too predictable, anyone not know where I'm going with this one?
Ok! Let me break it down for you. Take the basic (and I mean basic) storyline from the first Cube that someone has created a maze in which they lock people in to see who manages to make their way out. Sounds good so far, right? Now add a twist. This isn't the same cube as in the fist flick. This is a Hypercube. Yes my science fiction fiends and brainiacs alike! It's the long fabled hypercube that supposedly doesn't exist! A four dimensional play land, jam packed with parallel universes all existing within touching distance of one another. Complete with realities that don't all include happy endings and confusing glances into realities where you can actually watch yourself die! Can you imagine a world where multiple Wren's are running around? Talk about horror!
There seem to be very little rules in this world as time speeds up and slows down or gravity can invert and pin you to the ceiling. It's almost impossible to tell one room from the other and this time the rooms aren't trapped! The things that can kill can actually chase you around this maze. It's a maddening race to find a way out and this time, no one has been kind enough to leave very many clues. Hell, there isn't even a pouting mathematician to help you think your way out of this one!
Sounds good so far, doesn't it? Well, in theory it could actually be a great storyline! Hell, I'd probably buy it. In this case, however, I would have not been too happy with the product I actually wound up popping into my DVD player. In the beginning I had quite a handle on the movie. It was the same character driven storyline as the first Cube, playing on fear and panic. Then, out of the blue (maybe I hit my head or someone slipped something into my coffee) none of it made any sense whatsoever! About thirty minutes into this ninety minute long excursion into Hypercube, I was really lost! I began to actually drool on myself! At about fifty minutes in I think my eyes were bleeding. Ok, you get the picture.
There was a thing or two that brought me out of my daze however. The computerized effects were pretty decent and quite flawless. They blended nicely and really did fool the eye. I enjoyed the concept that what goes up doesn't necessarily come down and that the same rules don't apply within the hypercube as they do outside. I appreciated the time that went into the look and design of the film but when you try to couple it with a story line that's this confusing, it's a wasted effort. The confusion in the story is a distraction from all the great effects and eye candy. Performances are pretty decent throughout as well, lines flowed quite smoothly. Given the choice though, I'd take crappy acting and a story that I can follow any day.
Picture quality was excellent remaining clear and sharp throughout the whole of Hypercube. Audio which was in 5.1 surround, was equally well done but again, in a movie that is enough to cause a migraine, this is a wasted effort as well.
Special features include: Trailers, Behind the scenes, Deleted Scenes, Story boards and a slide show. Maybe I should have watched it in Spanish! There's also a production audio commentary.
When I first saw the trailer for Hupercube, I thought that it was pretty much a retread of the first story. I really didn't think there was much left to tell but I figured what's the worse that could happen? I'd watch a cheap rip off with a popular name. In the movie business it happens all the time! What I didn't expect was a storyline that became nearly impossible to follow. I was so lost by the time the end credits rolled that I wasn't exactly sure I was still in my own living room. If you want to see some really excellent effects, feel free to check it out but I have to say that in the end I was really disappointed.