Day 120 & Day 121 & Day 122 – Cube & The Devil’s Tomb & Digging Up the Marrow (1/3 Mark!)

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Movie Title: Cube

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. and 30 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Cube is an inventive science fiction movie that suffers because of the poor special effects capabilities of the late 90s. Cube caught my eye because of its premise and a couple of genre stars that I really enjoy. Cube’s premise is fairly simple. Someone has built an extremely complex maze that may also be a prison. It is a cube in shape and contains many smaller cubes that shift inside of the main cube. A puzzle needs to be solved in order to escape. The movie features Star Trek: Deep Space Nine alum Nicole de Boer and Stargate: Atlantis star David Hewlett in significant roles. de Boer is decent as the mathematical whiz Leaven even though there are a few significant moments where simple mathematics are made to seem grandiose. Hewlett is difficult to imagine as the angst ridden Worthy.

The movie quickly develops into a character drama. They are trapped together and the rooms are only one of the dangers. The group is built as a phalanx. Each of the people in the group have a unique set of skills that are put together to help the group escape. As each person dies, the skill set of the group becomes radically diminished. The low budget does catch up with the movie as the special effects have not aged well and some of its most dramatic moments involve CGI violence that looks very lame in 2018. However, there is a certain amount of philosophizing that goes along with the movie that is still relevant in 2018.

 

Verdict:

The concept is cool. The results are interesting. It doesn’t age well in all areas, but it’s pretty good. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: The Devil’s Tomb (2009)

 

Movie Title: The Devil’s Tomb

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. and 30 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

The Devil’s Tomb has an interesting premise with incredibly poor execution. The cast of the movie has legitimate talent including Cuba Gooding Jr., Bill Moseley, Ray Winstone, and Ron Perlman. Gooding is the star of the show while the other three have bit roles. Each of them execute their performances well enough. The rest of the cast is exceptionally weak. They drag the movie down as they stumble through their scenes. Unfortunately, this includes my spirit animal/idol Henry Rollins. He turns in a very up and down performance as a fanatical priest that starts off very weak and gets stronger as it goes on.

The premise is simple enough, but devolves into an absolute mess. A non-descript army unit is sent to a desert bunker to recover a scientist in charge of sensitive research in the area. The government claims that this is due to a collapse caused by an earthquake, but that is clearly not the case as soon as they arrive. The people there are clearly possessed and as they descend into the deepest layers of the facility it becomes a rip off of Resident Evil. Instead of an earthquake the bowels of the facility are inhabited by a fallen angel that has the ability to possess people. This plot could work on a simple enough level, but there are multiple side stories that make absolutely no sense and are extremely poorly done. The diminutive members of the cast makes incredibly poor decisions that advance the plot, but they are unbelievably bad. There are weird side plots involving Gooding and Winstone’s relationship that make absolutely no sense. The premise falls apart fast.

Verdict:

The movie has potential, but it doesn’t do anything with it. The writing and directing is very poor. Skip it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Digging Up the Marrow (2014)

 

Movie Title: Digging Up the Marrow

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. and 29 min.

Rated: Unrated

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Digging Up the Marrow is a faux documentary style movie directed by Adam Green. Adam Green receives fan mail from one William Dekker. Dekker claims to be a former Boston Police Detective that has retired to Los Angeles. He also claims that he has found a pathway to a world filled with monsters that he calls the Marrow. He has pitched this idea to other directors, but Green was the first to bite. Things get weird as Green isn’t sure what is going on with Dekker. Is Dekker conning them or is he insane? Could he possibly be telling the truth? Green sets out to discover the truth about Dekker as an amateur detective, but also to see if he can find proof that monsters are in fact real.

Verdict:

I found the concept to be very gripping even if it isn’t always riveting. It builds to a pretty cool conclusion with some really neat costume work.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Hard Eight (1996)

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