A feast for the eyes, but I think they underestimated our intelligence when it came to the plot…
A Cure for Wellness (Release Date: February 2017)
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 treatments are not what they seem.
Director: Gore Verbinski
Rating/ Runtime: R/ 2 Hrs 26
Before I get into it, I just have to say that this is probably the prettiest psycho-thriller/ horror movie I’ve ever seen. Kind of an oxymoron but every scene, camera angle and set in this highly stylized movie is stunning! Not a single detail has been overlooked. Really, how can a beautiful castle at the foot of the Swiss Alps not be breathtaking?
It’s also the perfect juxtaposition for the sinister story beneath.
The plot itself is excellent and highly relevent. A film based on an over-worked executive needing to retreat from the rigor and stress of modern, materialistic and capitalist pursuits, couldn’t be more appropriate in this day and age.
The problem with the plot isn’t the story but how it’s executed. It’s as if Verbinski wanted his story relayed in the most obvious way, like the audience wouldn’t be smart enough to make the correct deductions. It doesn’t make it a bad movie but it is a little annoying to always be five steps ahead of the main character.
Though a lot of the movie is predictable, I still enjoyed it and found it entertaining. As I said, it’s a feast for the eyes, nice and creepy and Jason Isaacs is fantastic as the director of the retreat. I was worried it would be too much like Shutter Island, and I’m happy to report that it’s not.
Overall, I think you find it an entertaining way to spend an evening at home, or better yet, watch it in bed on Netflix like I did.