An ambitious executive is picking up his company’s CEO from an ominous “wellness center” is the Swiss Alps. Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) begins pulling back the layers and realizes this spa isn’t what it seems.
The plot synopsis that I detailed above, is about as vague as you can get. A Cure for Wellness is as bizarre as you may have thought, plus more. There’s so much here to peel back, but it’s hard to do that without giving away the entire film.
Gore Verbinski is at the helm, and he does a tremendous job. The visuals are stunning, you can’t take your eyes off this film. From scene one Verbinski boasts his talents. Leaving the audience in suspense from the very beginning of the movie. When you think you get the pay off, you aren’t even close. So much to unpack. Verbinski does his best to cram 100 pounds of info into a 10 pound bag. A Cure for Wellness is a thrill ride from beginning to end.
Dane DeHaan is tremendous as the lead. You can’t cast this lead wrong. If you don’t care about him, you just have to sit through this movie without a care for anyone. Thankfully that isn’t the case.
Jason Issacs is menacing as Volmer. He’s the mind behind this wellness center. A good antagonist is paramount in a film like this. You have to hate Volmer. As you learn more about what’s going on you hate everything about him.
A Cure for Wellness is a film with plenty of twists and turns with a high concept. At first glance it’s just a twisted film. As you think about it more and more it becomes something completely different. I have to give Verbinski credit where it’s due. He directed a film that’ll stay in your head for days.