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Cube Zero

Film poster
Directed by Ernie Barbarash
Produced by Suzanne Colvin Goulding
Jon Goulding
Written by Ernie Barbarash
Starring Zachary Bennett
Stephanie Moore
Michael Riley
Martin Roach
Music by Norman Orenstein
Cinematography François Dagenais
Editing by Mitchell Lackie
Mark Sanders
Distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment
Release date(s) October 15, 2004
Running time 97 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
French
Budget CAD$1,200,000 (estimated)
Preceded by Cube 2: Hypercube

Cube Zero is a 2004 Canadian horror film, written and directed by Ernie Barbarash. It is the third of the Cube film series, and its plot builds on the previous two in the sense that it is primarily about people who are trapped within a maze of cube-shaped rooms, with some of the rooms containing deadly traps. Whereas the first two films take place almost entirely within the maze, Cube Zero takes place within and outside the maze, making significant use of outdoor scenes.

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Plot

Unlike the other films in the trilogy, Cube and Hypercube, the story of Cube Zero is observed from both the perspectives of those trapped in the Cube and the people monitoring them. It is revealed that the company behind the Cube, Izon, uses subjects who have supposedly volunteered for the project. The Cube itself is a giant structure consisting of many rooms which are smaller cubes. It is 26 rooms wide, high, and deep. Some of the rooms have various traps, including sharp wires, flames, blades, and chemicals. The characters test each room for traps with a classic method known as "booting," which involves throwing a boot into a trapped room in an attempt to activate any traps.

The film focuses on a Cube technician, Eric Wynn, and Cassandra Rains, a woman placed in the Cube. The film starts with a man, Ryjkin, trying to escape from the Cube. He is sprayed with liquid in one of the cubes, but he believes it is only water. However, when he rubs the back of his palm he realizes that his body is disintegrating. Presumably, the liquid contains flesh-eating bacteria and he melts into a bloody mess. Wynn is watching this in an observation room with his co-worker Dodd. Afterwards, we see Wynn simultaneously sketching a portrait of Dodd (in the form of a superhero called Chessman) playing chess in with Dodd, who has a chess board in front of him. After Eric wins, he asks Dodd questions about their missing colleagues, but Dodd suggests him not to ask too many questions or get involved with the occupants of the Cube.

They get an order from "upstairs", which asks them to record the dream of a subject, Cassandra Rains. In her dream, Wynn sees that she was captured, while walking in a pleasant forest with her daughter Anna. After waking, Rains meets the other occupants of the Cube. One of the males has a tattoo on his forehead like the soldier that captured her. However, the soldier, like everyone else, has no recollection of his former life. According to what Wynn knows, everyone in the cube was facing a death sentence and were presented a choice: go in the Cube with their memory wiped or be put to death. Only if a person signs the consent form will he or she then be placed in the cube. Wynn finds out that Rains has no consent form and argues with Dodd that they should inform the people "upstairs."

Just when he is about to make a call to the superiors, the phone rings. They are instructed to perform the "exit procedure" for a subject who has reached the exit of the Cube and is facing his final challenge. They see that it is one of their former colleagues, Owen. During the exit procedure, Owen is asked if he believes in God; when he answers no, he is immediately incinerated. Wynn argues with Dodd over the fate of Owen. He realizes the Cube is inhumane and decides to enter the cube to help Rains escape. Jax, one of the Cube's supervisors, and two of his analysts come to stop Wynn from helping Rains. Despite their efforts to stop them, Wynn and Rains make it to the exit room with the help of Dodd, who sabotages the control panels servicing the cube and pays with his life at the hands of Jax. The sabotage causes the cube to go into "reset mode," which vaporizes any living body inside the Cube after a limited period of time.

Once Wynn reaches an "exit room," they escape using a secret auxiliary exit. However, soldiers searching for them have already arrived. Rains manages to escape, but Wynn is shot by a dart and passes out. Wynn wakes up in a surgery room and confronts Jax, who reveals Rains may have gotten away, but Wynn had been found guilty of "high treason" and "sabotage" against "country and God." He has been sentenced to "two lifetimes" and that he will be implanted with a brain microchip. Jax claims Wynn has already been convicted in a trial. Jax shows him his consent form and says he had been put in the Cube as an observer. Wynn dreams about Rains reuniting with her daughter and praising Wynn as "a superhero." Wynn is then given a lobotomy, to eliminate his intelligence. Later he is shown inside the Cube along with several others and appears to be mentally handicapped.

In the last scene, Wynn is shown to act out a scene from Cube in Kazan's role, possibly indicating that Kazan was also once a technician or that Kazan is really Wynn. The basis for that assumption is that Wynn's right hand constantly twitches, and, in the original Cube, Kazan has the exact same twitch and the various implants and procedures (or effects thereof) performed on him before his placement in the cube may be altering his perception of reality. This could also explain Kazan's uncanny ability to perform very large mathematical calculations mentally, although this may also be to a possible conclusion that Kazan is an autistic savant.

Cast

  • Zachary Bennett as Eric Wynn, a Cube technician.
  • Stephanie Moore as Cassandra Rains, a political demonstrator.
  • Michael Riley as Jax, a higher ranking Cube technician.
  • Martin Roach as Robert P. Haskell, a soldier employed to take people for the Cube.
  • David Huband as Dodd, a Cube technician.
  • Mike 'Nug' Nahrgang as Meyerhold, a man trapped in the cube.
  • Richard McMillan as Bartok, a man trapped in the cube.
  • Terri Hawkes as Jellico, a woman trapped in the cube.
  • Tony Munch as Owen, a cube technician placed in the cube.
  • Jasmin Geljo as Ryjkin, a man trapped in the cube.

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Cube Zero is a 2004 sci-fi film primarily about people trapped in a maze of cube-shaped rooms; some rooms contain deadly traps. The first two movies take place almost entirely within the maze while Cube Zero takes place both within the maze and outside the maze. This is a prequel to the original film Cube.

Written and directed by Ernie Barbarash.
Isolation - Panic - Terror taglines

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Cassandra

  • Where's my daughter, Where is... [stutters] ...she. Why can't I remember my daughter's name? Where is she?!

Jax

  • Oh, can you use Wynn's aux. monitor because we'll need the big guns here for our little mouse hunt.
  • I hope your shortcut worked, Mr. Quigley.
  • Instant paralysis. They really weren't kidding, were they?
  • I don't trust machines, I have a machine to thank for this [points to his left eye, which is robotic]

and this! [pounds the ground with his cane] I want to see them with my own God-given eye!

Dodd

  • Can we spend five minutes without bringing up Owen?
  • You know what sort of people end up in there.
  • Do you believe in god?

Wynn

  • She's gonna die in there, and she's probably innocent!
  • This room is... green.
  • Would you forget the party line for a minute and make the call?

Dialogue

Dodd: We'll call up when it's an emergency.
Wynn: Well what do you think this is?!
Dodd: I don't see a fire, or flooding, or a gas leak or somebody down on the floor having a heart attack but right now I sure would like to!

[Wynn reaches out for the telephone and it starts to ring.]
Wynn: Hello? [pause] It's for you.
[Wynn hands the phone to Dodd.]
Dodd: Yes, sir. Right away sir.
[Dodd hangs up.]
Dodd: Someone's at the exit.
Wynn: [panicking] Then what do we do?!
Dodd: The exit procedure.

Cassasndra: Water?
Wynn: [astonished] The aux. exit!

Haskell: Hey, you can't go climbing around in here.
[Rains turns around.]
Rains: Why not?
Haskell: There are traps.
Rains: How do you know?
Meyerhold: Because of this.
[He holds up his hand to reveal that he has two fingers cut off.]

Dodd: You know you shouldn't be looking at the files.
Wynn: Well it's not against the rules.
Dodd: It's not encouraged.
Wynn: C'mon.
Dodd: [seriously] It's not encouraged.
Wynn: [muttering] What's got into you?

Rains: Good memory
Meyerhold: Yeah, in the short term. Now if I could just remember anything between birth and about three hours ago.

Haskell:Look, we had to leave him. If he kept with us we would already be infected with what she had.
Rains:You don't know that
Wynn:Looking through hatch at the top of the roomActually, he's right. It was a highly aggressive form of Necrotising Facitis, Flesh-eating disease

Taglines

  • Isolation - Panic - Terror
  • Every nightmare has a beginning.

Cast

See also

  • Cube
  • Cube 2: Hypercube

External links

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