Say "bye-bye" to good writing, acting, and any semblance of a coherent and enjoyable horror film. ...
"A Cure for Wellness" succeeds as a refreshingly different take on big-studio horror.
Is it worth $10? Yes
“A Cure for Wellness” stars Dane DeHaan as Lockhart, a young, ambitious executive for an investment firm. When the CEO of the corporation fails to return from a Swiss "wellness spa,” Lockhart is sent to bring him back. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Lockhart himself is involuntarily checked into the spa, where he begins to undergo “treatment.” It isn't long before he realizes all is not right, and he begins his own investigation into the spa’s past and what exactly this mystery “cure” is.
DeHaan has finally found another vehicle to show off his superb acting talents. His Lockhart is essentially a yuppie type, similar to that of Patrick Bateman in “American Psycho” (2000), minus the mental illness. He starts out as an unlikable guy who is ruthless, unfeeling, and motivated only by upward mobility. What he experiences throughout the film slowly softens him up a bit. DeHaan sells his role as an unconventional and almost ineffectual hero just about perfectly. This is easily the best role he has played to date (Yes, even better than his character in “Chronicle” ).
Directed by Gore Verbinski and shot by Bojan Bazelli (both of whom brought us “The Ring” ), it should come as no surprise that “A Cure for Wellness” feels like “The Ring” in many different ways. It’s thoroughly eerie, with rich atmosphere and thick tension. Consistently haunting and gorgeous, the cinematography renders virtually every frame a work of art. The story and the twisting path on which it takes us satisfies as well.
“A Cure for Wellness” is a different kind of horror film, drenched in atmosphere, brimming with tension, and sometimes surprising in its brutal and disturbing turns. Verbinski’s latest is sure to haunt your thoughts long after you exit the movie house.
D.R. Huffman covers new fare with an emphasis on horror and thrillers for Punch Drunk Movies.