“A Cure for Wellness” Review ✦✦✦✧✧

24 February, 2017

Director: Gore Verbinski
Screenwriter: Justin Haythe
Director of Photography: Bojan Bazelli
Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth

Synopsis: An executive sent to retrieve a colleague from a wellness centre inadvertently becomes a patient in the programme after he breaks his leg in a car accident. Convinced that the residents are being subjected to something sinister, the patient begins to investigate the area’s dark history only to discover a heinous plot involving the local water system.

Cure for Wellness Review:

A cryptic tale of purity and abhorrence, “A Cure for Wellness” is a film of wormy significance, slithering its way into every orifice and claiming one’s attention through shock value and mystery rather than smooth storytelling. Refusing to be rigid during its foul execution, the movie puddles and plods, allowing itself to become consumed by complexity with its tale of immortal eels, ancient bloodlines, and the detoxification of precious bodily fluids.

“A Cure for Wellness” tests its viewers’ patience, diverting all concrete meaning with ethereal imagery and disturbing inference before its subtext is finally revealed in all its glory. Like a sickness slowly travelling to the heart, liver, and lungs, the movie allows its malady to increase, using our confusion against us with intense visions that only come together when all of the puzzle pieces have fallen into place. With secrets so horrifying that they daren’t rear their ugly head until the final dose takes effect, the movie delights in teasing viewers with truth when its real answers are far too loopy for most sane people to be able to comprehend.

Saved mostly by Bojan Bazelli’s viridescent cinematography, “A Cure for Wellness” is a foreboding and dank creation, forming intense visions with icy clarity as Dane DeHaan’s Lockhart desperately searches for truth while his body slowly drains in health and lucidity. Bazelli’s shooting style is undeniably bold if not a little irritating in its lack of subtlety and it forms the crux of the film’s aesthetic offerings while director Gore Verbinski searches for ways to unravel the story. Ending on a high note, the movie feels more like the long lost cousin of “The Phantom of the Opera” than a sequel to “Shutter Island” and its final grand moments hold the key to Justin Haythe’s true vision which is nothing short of whacky in all of its ridiculousness.


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