Cube Zero

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Overview

The sci-fi-flavored suspense of Cube continues as a new group of prisoners navigate the treacherous confines of their futuristic trappings in this prequel from Cube 2 screenwriter and first-time director Ernie Barbarash. Each step is potentially the last as the deadly last traps hidden in the sparse rooms find the numbers of the unwilling prisoners quickly thinning. Only when they can figure out the mysteries of their constantly changing prison will the surviving inmates have any hope for escape, and even then ...
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Overview

The sci-fi-flavored suspense of Cube continues as a new group of prisoners navigate the treacherous confines of their futuristic trappings in this prequel from Cube 2 screenwriter and first-time director Ernie Barbarash. Each step is potentially the last as the deadly last traps hidden in the sparse rooms find the numbers of the unwilling prisoners quickly thinning. Only when they can figure out the mysteries of their constantly changing prison will the surviving inmates have any hope for escape, and even then there is no guarantee of freedom -- much less survival. As the cube workers who monitor the prisoners progress bear witness to their increasingly grim bid for survival, a sudden sting of remorse finds one of the employees empathizing with the victims and plotting to assist them in their unlikely escape.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with director Ernie Barbarash; "Inside the Box: The Making of Cube Zero"; Storyboard comparisons; Conceptual art; Music video; Trailers
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The cult-hit Cube series is an interesting narrative phenomenon. While each installment contains new insight into this world of institutionalized torture, each also functions as kind of a remake of the original -- only guided by the vision of a different director. Cube Zero, a series prequel, continues that trend. This can be kind of frustrating, as it means we're introduced to yet another group of memory-deprived strangers who have no idea how to escape without getting sliced to ribbons. But Ernie Barbarash -- who also scripted Cube 2: Hypercube, adding "director" to his credits this time out -- does deviate from the previous films by finally stepping outside the cube and into its control room. Since these particular human hamsters are kind of duds, it's welcome when Barbarash shifts the action to those who monitor the deathtrap -- who are sort of like hamsters themselves. An interesting dynamic crops up between worker drones Dodd David Huband and Wynn Zachary Bennett, the former refusing to make waves for fear of reprisal, the latter no longer able to stomach his complicity in these under-explained killings. During their one-on-one scenes, the viewer debates the kill-or-be-killed morality alongside them. Unfortunately, that plot gets tainted when Barbarash introduces the single most ridiculous character in the series: Jax Michael Riley, a higher-level functionary on an emergency visit to their station. In an embarrassing failure of both acting and directing, Riley embodies every over-the-top affectation an effete villain has ever shown, including a tendency to cackle, belittle, quote other languages, and walk with a cane. Shortcomings like these contribute to Cube Zero being the least effective film in the series. But it does make smart additions to the Cube mythology without giving away all the mysteries -- and its revelations cast the other two movies in an even less hopeful light.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • UPC: 031398166894
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 38,071

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zachary Bennett
David Huband
Stephanie Moore
Martin Roach
Technical Credits
Ernie Barbarash Director, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Water [5:12]
2. Opening Credits [2:49]
3. Chess Game [4:06]
4. Room 172409 [3:17]
5. Stop Thinking [2:36]
6. One of Us [5:07]
7. Don't Get Involved [3:16]
8. Third Exit [3:19]
9. Coordinates [4:07]
10. Make the Call [4:45]
11. The Exit Procedure [3:13]
12. Questions of Faith [4:43]
13. Inside [3:24]
14. A Situation [3:51]
15. The Tricky Part [3:09]
16. Jackpot [5:15]
17. Systems Checker [1:43]
18. A Rat [4:02]
19. Just Finish It [5:57]
20. Reset Mode [5:05]
21. Haskell's Chip [2:46]
22. Clean Sweep [5:53]
23. Exit Point [5:24]
24. Ending Credits [4:15]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Extras
      "Inside the Box" - The Making of Cube Zero
      Music Video
      Conceptual Art
      Storyboard Comparisons
         Meyerhold Explodes
         Ryjkin Loses His Flesh
      Trailers
   Set Up
      Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
      Audio: 2.0 Dolby Digital
      Audio: Commentary With the Director Ernie Barbarash
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    If you like any of the cube movies so far I don't think you will be disappointed with this one. Good story, but its not my favorite of them thats for sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wasn't Bad

    This a pretty good flick but not as good as the original in my opinion. The plot and stuff was well written. Cool twists. Besides the original cube this is the one I would watch often. Like I haven't seen cube 2 in a year.

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    Posted January 6, 2009

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