DVD 90 mins IMDB 7.4 (20,794 votes)
Lions Gate Films (1997)
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Canada  /  English

Maurice Dean Wint Quentin
Nicole deBoer Leaven
Nicky Guadagni Holloway
David Hewlett Worth
Wayne Robson Rennes
Andrew Miller Kazan
Julian Richings Alderson
Nicole de Boer Leaven, the Maths Student

Director Vincenzo Natali
Producer Mehra Meh; Betty Orr
Writer André Bijelic; Vincenzo Natali; Andre Bijelic; Graeme Manson
Cinematography Derek Rogers
Musician Mark Korven
User Credit 1 John Sanders
User Credit 2 Wendy May Moore

This low-budget science-fiction drama, winner of a 1997 Toronto Film Festival prize for "Best Canadian First Feature," depicts the plight of a group of people clad in prison-style uniforms and trapped in futuristic cube-like metal cells. Their memories are hazy; no one can recall how they got there. Alderson (Julian Richings) awakens in a cell, seeks an exit, and arrives in an adjacent cube where he's sliced and diced. Former cop Quentin (Maurice Dean-Wint) becomes the group leader, and he's challenged by conspiracy theorist Dr. Holloway (Nicky Guadagni). Government worker Worth (David Hewlett) remembers a past government link to the project. A discovery that the cubes have numerical codes suggests study by math-student Leaven (Nicole deBoer) while former thief Rennes (Wayne Robson) knows some escape tricks. However, the extreme behavior of Kazan (Andrew Miller) becomes a threat to their survival. Also shown at the 1997 Vancouver Film Festival. — Bhob Stewart

Edition Details
Barcode 031398691433
Region Region
Chapters 24
Release Date 1/19/1999
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

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User Text 1 Some strong sci-fi violence/gore and language.
User Text 2 Fear... Paranoia... Suspicion... Desperation
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Trivia: The handles on all the hatches are industrial die holders used for cutting threads on rods and available in any hardware shop. (more)

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When Kazan lowers himself into the blue sound-activated trap room, the set cube wobbles from left to right enough to spoil the illusion (though only for about two seconds) that the cube is solid, inflexible metal. (more)

Quotes: Worth: Hey! Listen to what I'm saying. We haven't been moving in circles, the rooms have. (more)

Awards: 13 wins & 6 nominations (more)