But lets all cheer for I-Tunes, who finally added it to their list - I don't know when precisely, but at some point between the last time I checked and Sunday evening last week. So, I was sitting on a tube train (the London Underground) and I settled in to discover what this film was all about. Maybe I should explain that more recently, a lot of my film viewing takes place on my commute home thanks to the little gadget apple product, I have a long commute, it works for me, shush, I'm trying to review a movie here.
So it starts off pretty much how it will continue for the next hour and a bit. A group of very different people find themselves inside a room, with many exits but they soon discover all rooms look the same and some have some nasty surprises. There was something so wonderfully simplistic about all this that I came to adore. It was certainly one of those films where I found myself constantly trying to think two or three steps ahead, to try and figure out the puzzles - why were they there, and how do they get out? As it turned out, this kind of thinking really didn't help as with each different room it felt as though the ball park changed.
The characters in this were a good mix, the two that stood out were the two who I've seen in projects before and since this film was made in 1997 - David Hewlett as Worth had a lot of great moments, and Nicole de Boer as Leaven played a smart kid who was the brains that seemed to be the best chance of getting out. The rest of the characters created, in their own way, the pressure and tension. A cop who slowly lost his patience and control, a disabled man who needed constant care and attention, a doctor who was a teeny bit stressed and an escape artist who just wanted to use all his tricks to help them all escape.
In reality this was a film that was confined by being staged in just the one room, only ever broken up by reaching the edge of the 'cube' - but this was all about the characters, how they dealt with the situation, worked together and at times against each other to reach a conclusion. It was master crafted to only reveal details at certain points that suddenly would swing the story in a completely different way, turned characters around and I lost track of how many stations I had gone through because I became so engrossed in the details (but no, I didn't miss my stop!).
Now I know why so many recommended this film, because I thoroughly enjoyed it - and whilst I have no desire to watch the sequels that followed it (I really don't want to experience how they attempted to better this film), I will certainly be viewing this film a few more times I'm sure, if only because I can be lazy sometimes and it takes me ages to swap the movies on my little apple device - well I have many digital films now, but the little device can only hold so many at a time ahem.
If you can find this film (Apple I-Tunes plug) I highly recommend it.