Following the grisly 1997 Cube and its 2002 sequel, Cube 2: Hypercube, Cube Zero stretches the original's The Twilight Zone-like, strangers-in-a-box theme a little thin. Fortunately, there's a difference this time. The hero is not just another disoriented captive of the Cube's interconnected--often lethal--rooms, but rather a geek named Eric (Zachary Bennett) who sits in a control station wrestling with his conscience about inflicting misery on innocent people. Taking orders over the phone from some almighty, unknown power in a distant office, Eric reaches a breaking point and enters the maze himself, intent on helping a woman (Stephanie Moore) who doubts his motives. The existential bent of the prior films becomes even more Kafkaesque this time with the arrival of a white-collar team of tormentors, bureaucratic tyrants who can't or won't explain the point of the Cube. Imaginative writer-director Ernie Barbarash rescues what might have been a tedious formula flick. --Tom Keogh
Order number 793-bla-bla-bla-bla: Commence standard series of needletests on Raine's group.
You do know what that means?
Yes, sir! Of course, sir. All in a days work, sir. Right away, sir.
Do us a teensy favor and use mister Winn's auxiliary monitor, we'll need the big guns here for our little mouse-hunt.
Of course, sir. Anything I can do to help, sir.
That's the spirit, mister Modd. Way to keep the world safe for democracy...