As a devotee of both Rubik's cubes and movies, I like it when a Rubik's cube appears in a feature movie. To keep a bit track of them, I started this list. If you have any suggestions, do not hesitate to
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The Amazing Spider-Man
A 2012 American superhero film directed by Marc Webb, based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield in the title role, and co-starring Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans.
Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) have a chat on various things in the past. Just when Ben walks in, he grabs the cube from the desk in Peter's room. Peter is a tech freak, so of course he has a Rubik's Cube in his bedroom.
Ben twists the cube on one side, and when the conversation is over, he puts back the cube on the desk.
Just a split second later, Peter's hands are shown while he types in something on the computer. The cube has changed place (from the one end of the keyboard to the other), which is a bit weird.
A 1998 disaster/science fiction-action film directed by Michael Bay.
In an interview, a few main characters are asked to solve a Rubik's cube. Rockhound
solves a Rubik's cube. We only see him solve the final move.
Piece of cake.
(After solving the Rubik's cube.)
Being John Malkovich
A 1999 American comedy-fantasy film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. It stars John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, and John Malkovich, who plays a fictional version of himself.
(Charlie Sheen, as himself)
just fiddles around a bit with a Rubik's Cube for a few seconds.
A 2001 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
is lying down in bed, thinking, he is playing with a Rubik's cube.
Drive is a 2011 American action film directed by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, and Albert Brooks.
The cube is just lying on a table while the protagonists talk.
Two groups of aliens and a group of space-wannabe-nerds are searching for a
For some reason they think Jesse
(Seann William Scott)
have this device that can destroy the planet. The Rubik's cube appears in the movie after a while, and turns out to be the
at the end of the movie.
(After finding the Rubik's cube in his pocket.)
Dude, you're never gonna figure that thing out.
(When Chester is trying to solve the cube.)
Look dude, I almost got it!
Dude, you're really starting to urge me with your Rubik's cube!
A 2009 romantic comedy spy-thriller film directed by Tony Gilroy.
The Rubik's cube appears in one scene, where Ray
holds a Rubik's cube keychain in his hand to allow Claire
to recognise him. Later in the scene Claire has a similar cube in her handbag. The keychain is also seen in the trailer.
Enter the Void
A 2009 psychedelic melodrama written and directed by Gaspar Noé.
A Rubik's cube can be seen shortly when protagonist Oscar
grabs a book. The cube lays on a gramaphone record player. The cube is also seen in the trailer.
Danish, "In a Better World"
A 2010 Danish drama film directed by Susanne Bier and written by Anders Thomas Jensen.
In a classroom we see Elias
playing with a Rubik's cube. It is shown shortly, and we don't know if Elias was able to solve the cube.
A 2004 supernatural action-thriller film directed by Guillermo del Toro.
A merman-like creature called Abe Sapien
is recovering in his aquarium and tries to solve a Rubik's Cube. He talks with Liz Sherman
and complains about his inability to solve the Rubik's Cube.
Listen, I'm not much of a problem solver. Three decades… and I've only completed two sides.
A 2005 romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant and starring Will Smith.
While Sara Melas
is at her work, there is a Rubik's Cube lying on her desk. Multiple shots cover the appearance, from multiple angles.
Låt den rätte komma in
Swedish, "Let the Right One In"
A 2008 romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson.
There are three scenes where the Rubik's Cube appears.
The first is when a girl named Eli
looks at Oskar
trying to solve the cube. She asks about it, and Oskar lends her the cube. In the scene is visible that Oskar is only able to solve one side of the cube.
In a scene without spoken words, Oskar finds the cube on the spot where he met Eli earlier. The cube is solved.
In a later scene, Oskar asks Eli how she solved the cube. She states that she
just twisted it
and starts explaining how she solved the cube, before the scene ends.
This? It's a Rubik's Cube.
Is it some kind of puzzle?
Yeah… Want to try? You can give it back tomorrow.
I might not be here tomorrow.
The day after, then. But that's it.
Oskar hands over the cube to Eli.
How do you do it?
You want each side to be a solid color. Like this…
How did you do it?
I just twisted it.
Then you don't get any birthday presents, do you?
You can have this if you want.
I don't get how you did this…
Want me to show you?
Here. Go ahead.
Start with the corners. Then this part. And you put… Like this… No, like this. Then this…
…this? It's a Rubik's cube. You don't know Rubik's cube?
Is it a puzzle?
Yeah… Wanna try? You can give it back tomorrow.
…how do you do it?
You gotta make each side all one color. Like that.
How did you do it?
I just… twisted it.
Well, you can have this if you want.
That's okay. It's yours.
I really don't get how you did this…
…want me to show you?
The Machinist is an English-language Spanish-made psychological thriller film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Scott Kosar.
is looking for something in a drawer, a Rubik's cube can be seen.
A 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, and written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof. The film stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, and Charlize Theron.
The cube used in Prometheus is not an actual Rubik's Cube. It looks very much like it though, as it has a shiny 3x3x3 grid. In the movie Charlie Holloway
nervously plays with the cube, and finally activates it by touching several components of the cube, as shown in the large image above. The cube then visualizes some data collected by Charlie and his team on earth.
The Pursuit of Happyness
A 2006 American biographical film directed by Gabriele Muccino about the on and off-homeless salesman-turned-stockbroker Chris Gardner.
is trying to get a internship to become a stockbroker at
Dean Witter Reynolds
A scene where Chris solves a Rubik's cube plays a key role in Chris' attempts to get real contact with Mr Twistle
Important to note is that this movie takes place in the year 1981. The Rubik's cube appears in the following scenes:
Chris finds a Rubik's cube in the kitchen while having supper with his wife Linda
and son Christopher
He asks what is is, and what to do with it.
Later that evening Chris is not able to sleep. He gets out of bed, and on his couch he is trying to solve the Rubik's cube. He is able to make a white cross, then solve the first layer of the cube, and shortly later the second layer.
A few scenes later Chris and his son watch a program on the television about the Rubik's cube. The news reporter
states that he is not able to solve much of it. Also, he says that a professor in Mathematics was able to solve the cube in 30 minutes.
During a taxi ride with Mr Twistle, Chris says that he is able to solve a cube after Mr Twistle states that is is
Chris solves the whole cube being very lucky, but Mr Twistle does not see that. This opens Mr Twistle's eyes, and Chris is later invited for an interview.
What is this?
That's a gift for Christopher.
Sent here from work. It's for Dulls, Chris can't us it and she didn't know.
(Note: she speaks too fast, I guess she says this ;)
What are you supposed to do with it?
Make every side in the same color.
It's a puzzle measuring just three inches by three inches on each side, made up of multiple colors that you twist and turn and try to get to a solid color on each side. This little cube is the gift sensation of 1981. Don't expect to solve it easily, although we did encounter a Math professor at CSF who took just 30 minutes on his'. This is as far as I've gotten on mine and as you can see I still have a long way to go. This is Jim Finnerty reporting from KJSF in Richmond.
So, when I was in the Navy I worked for a doctor who loved to play golf, hours every day. I would actually perform medical procedures when he'd leave me in the office. So, I'm used to be in a position where I have to make decisions and eh…
Mr. Twistle is too focussed on the Rubik's cube
Mr. Twistle, listen, this is very important.
I'm sorry I'm sorry. This seems impossible.
I can do it.
No you can't, no one can. Bullshit.
No, I'm pretty sure I can do it.
No you can't.
Let me see it. Give it here.
Mr. Tistle hands over the cube.
Oh! Oh! You really messed it up. Heh.
It looks like it works around a swipple.
The camera moves away to the cabdriver who listens intensely. He holds an unsolved cube in his hands. Chris does not stop speaking:
The center pieces never move. So if it's yellow in the center, it is the yellow side. If it's red it's the center of the red side.
To the cabriver:
You can slow down.
Listen, we can drive around all day. I don't believe you can do this.
Yeah I can.
No you can't.
Yeah I can. Nobody can.
Chris solves the white cross.
See, that's all I could do.
Chris almost solves the first layer.
You almost have the center! Ah, you almost had that one. Look at that!
Chris solves the first two layers, and Mr. Twistle is amazed. The cab stops and Mr. Twistle and the cabdriver look at Chris.
You're almost there.
Chris solves the cube.
This is me.
Good job. Goodbye.
See you soon!
Where are you going sir? Excuse me sir, where are you going?
A 2010 American science fiction film released by Walt Disney Pictures. It's a sequel to TRON (1982), directed by Joseph Kosinski and stars Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde.
During the tukking in of the youngh Sam Flynn (Owen Best) by his father (Jeff Bridges), the camera captures various parts of the bedroom. In the closet, a Rubik's Cube is placed among other toys.
A 2008 computer-animated-science fiction-romance film directed by Andrew Stanton and produced by Pixar Animation Studios.
There are various appearances of the Rubik's cube in
In the future WALL·E systems are left on earth to clean up the then very dirty earth. Over time, lots of WALL·E systems died, except one. He (in the movie just called WALL·E) has developed a strong personality, including a habit of collecting interesting pieces of garbage. In the movie we see WALL·E unpacking a Rubik's cube he collected on duty. He takes a look at it, and then puts it in some sort of locker.
Later on, when a robot called EVE has arrived on earth, WALL·E takes her to his 'house' and shows the (unsolved) Rubik's cube. The camera moves away following WALL·E and returns only a few seconds later. EVE has a solved the Rubik's cube. It is not shown how she solved the Rubik's cube.
At the end of the movie WALL·E does not recognize EVE any more after an accident. EVE tries various ways to bring back his memory, without immediate success. One of the things she tries is showing him the Rubik's cube.
The end credits feature a pixel-art animation showing WALL·E trying to solve a Rubik's cube. EVE flies by and in a flash the Rubik's cube solves itself (see also the figure).
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