A Cure for Wellness is the latest manifestation of the brilliant director, Gore Verbinski, whose resume sports amazing films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Rango, and my all-time favorite, The Ring. However, his last film in 2015 entitled, The Lone Ranger, was a universal flop, and as much as I admire Verbinski for taking obscure concepts and turning them into amazing films, The Lone Ranger was his weakest movie.
That being said, I can appreciate his latest film, A Cure For Wellness, to be a risk that Verbinski needed to take to get his name back in the eyes of the public after his last film. By far the most beautiful thing about the movie is it’s concept.
“A man is sent to rescue his boss from a ‘wellness spa’ in Europe. 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 there longing for the cure.”
That premise has to be one of the most outrageous yet intricate plots to come out of the twenty-first century. However, the fault lies not within the stars, but rather in the execution of the movie.
The movie seems rushed in production, and the pacing is just a little too rapid than originally expected. However, praise is due to Verbinski for the special effects. Even though the images on the screen were just “something to look at” they make the audience not want to look away.
Another aspect of the movie that didn’t grab me was the acting. Mia Goth’s performance was spectacular. Every moment she was shown on screen the audience was glued because she delivered the best lines in the movie, and by far her role in the movie was more interesting than the film itself. However, though Goth’s performance was spectacular, it was watered down by the lead star, Dane Dehaan. I loved his acting in The Chronicle, but the problem is that he puts no effort into his performance. All of the characters he’s portrayed act the same, so while he was on screen I didn’t know if I was watching A Cure for Wellness, or The Amazing Spiderman 2.
Another interesting concept that was wasted was it’s appeal as a psychological horror movie. I am a huge fan of the genre with The Sixth Sense and The Ring being some personal favorites. However, there is not a good substance of fright that came with the movie. For example, The Ring made me question my existence, but the only question that popped into my head after this movie was, “Why did I watch this?”
Overall, despite harsh criticisms, this movie isn’t the worst thing to be spawned from humanity. But it’s definitely not something that I’d watch again. It’s good at it’s high points and decent at it’s worst points. It’s surely one of those movies you need to check out when you have nothing better to watch.
Surprisingly after this film my best friend and I just left, had a brief discussion about the plot points and then returned to watch A Dog’s Purpose again because that movie makes you think more than A Cure for Wellness!
Robert’s Review: 5/10
Verdict: “Perhaps A Cure For Boredom would have been a more appropriate title, because this movie accomplished all except cure my state of wellness.”