Movie Review by RCR’s Entertainment Writer, Kathy Hopkins
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I have wondered what it would be like to go mad, but that curiosity was satiated after watching A Cure for Wellness.
If you’re prepared for a slow burn descent into questioning of what you know of your own mental health and ambition, director Gore Verbinsky will lead you there, and with beautiful cinematography. Verbinsky himself verifies this as his intent: “To me, that’s the big tease – to try to make everything feel like there’s this sickness that’s not going away; it is pulling you.”
Lockhart (Dane DeHaan), in an attempt to overachieve like any good 80’s Wall Street villain, heads to a not-at-all-creepy mental health resort in the Swiss Alps to retrieve Pembroke (Harry Groener), the company’s CEO. Unfortunately, however, he is stuck there as a non-patient in the process, yet questioning whether he is also as ill as the others or if the spa’s treatments are not what they seem.
Although Pembroke had made it clear to the company that he just wanted a nice, permanent vacation away from “the truth” after excessive chasing of the dream, of course the company couldn’t find any legal workaround with their amazing corporate attorneys to remove their CEO – who had committed himself to a sanitarium in another country – without direct signoff (regardless of that pesky “being of sound mind” requirement). And unlike every other instance of everything, they were somehow unable to assign blame to Pembroke for company issues without his presence vs rumors. At least we got a movie out of it.
The appearance of Hannah (Mia Goth) makes everything even more confusing, yet turns out to be incredibly important… as the seemingly-random girl dancing on a wall tends to be in these films.
While not always a coherent film (possibly from cuts) and a plethora of tropes, Verbinsky somehow is able to take the viewer from believing the answer is obvious to thorough confusion to what is perhaps the reality of the story. The film can best be described as Shutter Island, but with a bit more horror and a deeper interest in dragging in the audience. The visual ickiness at some points seemed more for an “ew please make it stop” shock factor, but overall “A Cure for Wellness did a decent job with leaving me attempting to comprehend what had just occurred, but in a good way…I think.
A Cure for Wellness opens February 17th.
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An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. From Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of THE RING, comes the new psychological thriller, A CURE FOR WELLNESS.
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In Theaters – February 17, 2017
- Cast: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth
- Directed by Gore Verbinski
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