A Cure For Wellness
Gore Verbinski directs a gothic film with a nightmarish atmosphere in the mystery thriller, A Cure for Wellness. Lockhart (Dane Dehaan) is a business executive for a big finance company who is sent to the Swiss Alps to locate his boss and CEO, named Pembroke (Harry Groener). (Kind of sounds like fun.) Lockhart must find a way to get his boss out of the wellness center (pleasant name for an infirmary) because without Pembroke’s signature, a multi-million-dollar merger can’t take place. (Yes, it’s confusing already.) When Lockhart arrives at the wellness center – it looks just like an old castle – the lead Dr. Volmer (Jason Isaac) says Pembroke has a life-threatening disease and refuses to allow him to leave. To add to the creepiness, a young girl named Hannah (Mia Goth) tells Lockhart something strange is going on around the infirmary. Lockhart begins nosing around to the complete annoyance of Dr. Volmer, yet for some reason he isn’t hidden away in a padded room. (That’s what happens in other sanitarium films when weird things are happening.) After Lockhart discovers dozens of dead bodies, Dr. Volmer gets tired of his snooping around and has Lockhart submerged in a tank filled with eels and then orders a little dental work – without novocaine. (No, the eels aren’t the worst part.) After about two and a half hours (Of the audience waiting patiently in the theater), Lockhart begins to figure out why nobody is getting well and he may even have found the cure. This film is original but it’s also weird and disturbing. Some performances in this creepy film were over the top and others were subtle – but it was all strange. In fact, this movie was so complicated I left with more questions than answers. I would need to see it again to figure it out yet I don’t really want to. Now, this isn’t a bad movie, it’s entertaining and has some tension but the ending is just absurd. This will probably be a cult classic, but it won’t be a mainstream movie and I’m giving it a C rating. Oh, one more thing – don’t drink the water.
This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.