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 but soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem.
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One of the most ambitious and arresting horror films to come from a major studio in years, shrewdly synthesizing Lovecraftian intrigue, invasive 80's body-horror, corporate critiques and sumptuous Gothic art direction. It doesn't always succeed, but it's certainly something special (and scary).
The film is fairly good, up until the last half hour... when it really goes into B-movie territory with a messy conclusion that wasn't necessary at all. It should've ended with that scene where a resigned/sedated Lockhart says to Hannah that he's finally cured. However, extra points for an inspired cinematography, inventive story and constantly keeping the viewer intrigued.
Beautiful? Sure... but way too long and turning to embarassing 3D effects at the climax. I always think it's too basic to end a film by putting fire to a building - and sadly enough this is another of these cases. The kind of paranoid thriller that asked for a more intriguing case resolution. A good promise not accomplished by blockbuster 101 - like everything Verbinski touches.
Gore Verbinski's welcome return to horror is both a stealth adaptation of "BioShock" and a critique of millennials' capitalist ambition. While the film owes a great deal to Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," "The Wicker Man," and early David Fincher mind-benders like "The Game," it's also somehow unlike any other movie I've seen. Dense, challenging, and perhaps overly long - auteurist horror fans should see it.
Hard to believe this was a studio funded film; one wonders just what the pitch was. The film tells a dark tale which brings to mind so many different sources but fails to find its own voice despite its overlong running time. Having said that its still a pretty mesmerizing watch before its ridiculous finish. Handsomely crafted with lovely macabre set design and art direction.
Probably the strangest studio movie you´ll see this year. It´s inspiriring to see a reknowned director run amok unfettered by studio interference and deliver such a singular movie. The visuals are "Kubrickian" and the casting and acting is on point. The story is good but it is all about Verbinski´s delivery which transports us into a conspiracy thriller with baroque and gothic overtones where anything can happen.
Stylish and well crafted, in its sterile aesthetic - but it was still a bloated, mediocre effort with a miscast DeHaan and too few risks. Paired with a CGI-laced climax that feels more at home in a recent Frankenstein disaster and you have trouble. Perhaps too many ideas were going around, with too few explored beyond surface-level.
A stylish, 146 minute nightmare of a film, Gore Verbinski's "A Cure for Wellness" shows him having a ton of fun playing around a haunted house of a YMCA. Long, antiseptic hallways and dreamlike, ambient cinematography work to minimize the occasionally droning length. Dane DeHaan also (finally) gets time to shine. Between this and the upcoming "Belko Experiment," it's as if Hollywood is sticking it to the overworked.