A large financial firm needs a signature from its CEO who has seemingly lost his mind after going to Switzerland. The company send Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) to bring him back in time for the deal to completed. When he arrives in Switzerland, he finds a strange institute where people are looking for the 'cure'. During his time there, Lockhart starts to realise that this wellness centre may not be what they say they are.
However, it would be harsh to say that the film is ever boring or uninteresting. The film somehow manages to keep your attention due to the good plot, despite it being fairly predictable. The story although similar to others is still a good watch, in many ways due to its weirdness. This film very much is different to everything else that has come out in recent years and is a film that people who want to see original ideas should be checking out. Other than that, gorgeous visuals and set designs to make this a very beautiful film to watch. Verbinski frames every shot to perfection, using a wide range of shots to fit as much detail into the setting of every scene. Nothing is wasted as Verbinski utilises lighting to the sets, creating creepy atmospheres. 'A Cure For Wellness' is one of the most beautiful looking films that you will see this year as it is flawless with its technical aspects. The film is also helped by some good performances, especially from Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth and Jason Isaacs, the three main roles within the film.
The finale of the film is also quite questionable as the film reaches its climax of absurdity. The general reaction to this film's ending is that it went too ridiculous, even compared to some of the events previously in the film. As someone who was onboard for the full film, it did feel like it overstepped the line with the craziness. This was disappointing and I can see why others will hate it due to the long build up. The payoff isn't nearly as good as the rest of the film which does leave it finishing quite poorly.
The best way to describe this film is by saying it's like a darker, more stylised 'Shutter Island' but with a poorer executed story. This film most definitely won't be for everyone but there are most definitely things to marvel at in this film. In no way is this a great film but it most definitely isn't a bad one. If you want to see a different, weird, original movie compared to everything else showing right now, then give this film a watch. If you are easily put off or squeamish, then stay away from this one.
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