Friday, August 12, 2005

Cube, the film

Some great lines from one of my favourite films, "Cube." It's about a group of people who suddenly and mysteriously find themelves trapped in a maze-like cube. The Cube is, of course, an example/sybmol/image/metaphor for ...

Worth: There is no conspiracy. Nobody is in charge. It's a headless blunder operating under the illusion of a master plan.

Worth: Big Brother isn't watching you!

Quentin: Who do you think the establishment is? It's just guys like me. Their desks are bigger, but their jobs aren't. They don't conspire, they buy boats.

[Quentin and Holloway are discussing who could have made the cube]

Quentin: This place is... remember Scaramanga? The bad guy in "The Man With The Golden Gun?" It's some rich psycho's entertainment Holloway: [laughs] Is that what you think?

Worth: You think somebody would go to all the trouble to build this thing if you could just walk out?

Worth: This is an accident, a forgotten, perpetual public works project. You think anybody wants to ask questions? All they want is a clear conscience and a fat paycheck.

Holloway: What have we come to? It's so much worse than I thought.

Worth: Not really. Just more pathetic.

Holloway: It's all the same machine, right? The Pentagon, multinational corporations, the police. If you do one little job, you build a widget in Saskatoon, and the next thing you know, it's two miles under the desert, the essential component of a death machine.

Holloway: [after Rennes is killed] I think we have to ask the big question: What does it want? What is it thinking? Worth: One down, four to go.

Quentin: But why put people in it? Worth: Because it's here. You have to use it, or you admit that it's pointless. Quentin: But it *is* pointless. Worth: Quentin... that's my point.


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