‘A Cure For Wellness’ is a fantasy/horror film directed by Gore Verbinski. It tells the story of an ambitious young executive who is sent at a ‘wellness center’ to retrieve the CEO of his company. During his journey, he starts suspecting that the ‘cure’, given to the patients, is not as “curing” as it may seem.
Starting with this review, I strongly believe that this film deserves more than just a 47/100 on Metascore because this is an amazing film directed by an amazing director and so underrated, so please give it at least a 70/100.
I am gonna start this review by praising the art direction and the cinematography. The visuals of this film are just stunning and breath-taking [you can check the images below]. I loved how Gore Verbinski used a lot of reflections in his shots – this film is about water after all. The cool toned colour palette beautifully portrayed the mood of the film and the composition of each shots was really well-thought of. Moreover, the location is amazing, Verbinski really highlighted the beautiful mountains of the Swiss Alps.
Moving on to the plot. I think the story is very intriguing and very odd. It builds up well to the intense climax and the characters develops really well throughout the story, we get to discover more about them and their objectives in the film. Nevertheless, I don’t feel like Verbinski was able to finish well his story. At the end of the film, I felt like some things were still very vague, there was still some unanswered questions. I just felt like the story was not complete and to be honest with you, the ending was very weird, but bad weird.
Concerning the acting, I think the performances of the actors/actresses are very believable and genuine. They conveyed really well the main idea that that they are ‘not well’. I loved the performances of Dane Dehaan and Jason Isaacs. I think they both played their role very well. It’s a very satisfying cast that deserves more recognition.
Honestly, this film doesn’t feel 2h30mins because the story kept things very interesting, and kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time. You just keep watching the film because you want to know what’s going to happen and things just keep getting intense and strange in that film.
To conclude, I think this film is worth your money and your time, so if you like fantasy/horror films, you should definitely watch it. Overall, I would rate it a 80 because the story development is not perfect but overall, the movie is extremely interesting and original.
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