This question is about the Cube Prison as seen in the 2012 film The Cabin in the Woods. My question is not about the film or its lore, but how the cube prison can be constructed. Specifically, how could such cubes connect and move?
For the purposes of this question, we can rely on what is seen in this YouTube video. To avoid confusion, we need some assumptions and requirements:
- Containing the creatures is not an issue - any monsters or other-worldly creatures can be contained through an invisible force field, something injected into the cubes, or yada-yada... I don't care. We're not worried about the strength of the cubes, just their function.
- The space is isolated from any external issues (in the movie this takes place underground, where we can presume factors like humidity and temperature are controlled).
- Material costs, labor, energy usage, or other related requirements are moot (this facility is needed to prevent the destruction of humanity, so an "at any cost" attitude is taken). We can assume whatever government(s) or organization(s) building and maintaining this facility have an "at any cost" attitude and will use any and all funding or resources available.
- No magic, and no other-worldly help. This facility is constructed, controlled, and maintained by humans with our current technology.
- Construction may take time and be tedious. Again, we can throw a lot of people, time, and resources at it.
Most of the prison can be seen starting at 2:23 in the video, for a brief 15 seconds. From this we can gather:
- Each cube has at least two visible/see-through walls
- Some - but not necessarily all - cubes can move both horizontally and vertically.
- Some - but not necessarily all - cubes can rotate or pivot.
- Cubes are identical in size - but not necessarily in feature or function.
- There will obviously be some type of structure, but we cannot see any visible bars, pulleys, in the main area of structure. Any such bars, pulleys, motors, etc are either on the exterior, or can exist in the floor/ceiling of the cubes themselves.
Can such a system be constructed? If so, how might the cubes move, connect, and interact?