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A Cure for Wellness (2017) Review

Published by: Anthony Wallace


cureforwellnessposterComing from the director who brought us ‘The Ring‘ and the first three films in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Gore Verbinski returns to direct a psychological thriller in ‘A Cure for Wellness‘. The film stars Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, and Mia Goth as the movie centers around a representative of a company, Mr. Lockhart, who is sent to retrieve a fellow colleague, Mr. Pembroke, who is staying at an institution due to┬áhealth reasons. However, once he arrives and discovers that the institution is keeping their motives and methods of operation in the dark, Lockhart scrambles for answers before he himself gets stuck there forever.

The trailer got me interested in seeing the movie mainly because Dane DeHaan was in it and the startling imagery┬áthat gave me the impression that the story was going to be good. Gore Verbinski is a great director and can find ways in getting under the audience’s skin. This is why his latest film, although had some decent performances out of DeHaan and Isaacs and some creepy visual effects, struggled from a narrative point of view and wasn’t always in focus.

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One of the things this movie reminded me of was of ‘Shutter Island‘ (2010) and how Dehaan’s character, Lockhart, is sent to a location that’s isolated and gets caught up in a scheme. Of course, the main characters of each film had different motivations but they did share similar character traits. And just as we saw in ‘Shutter Island‘, there is a girl involved but only this time she is an innocent who unbenounced to her is in danger. So given there were similarities between the two movies I did enjoy some aspects nonetheless by Verbinski.

This is a visually appealing film to watch and I thoroughly enjoyed a scene that shows Lockhart arriving to the institution by car. Just that scene alone and the locations in which the movie was filmed took my breathe away. From an aesthetic point of view everything looked amazing. We then get into the performances by Dehaan and Isaacs who individually held their own up until the very end which is where there were problems in the narrative that needed to be addressed.

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When watching the film it really took its time building the narrative and for subsequent events to occur. Sometimes the movie dragged on a little bit too much and there were times when I wondered when something would happen. A lot of the suspense scenes you see in the trailer is unfortunately given away and thus makes the movie feel even more of a drag. As we approach the climax of the movie and after all the talk about the townspeople and how there’s been fear of the institution it leads up to a big ball of confusion. And that’s where the narrative failed to weave the needle in a coherent way that eventually fails in its own mess.

It’s not to say the movie is terrible because Dane DeHaan was great along with Jason Isaacs. And as mentioned earlier the locations in which the film was made are stunning to look at. However, with the narrative mess and inconsistencies throughout I just couldn’t appreciate it as much as I could have. I’d say this not as good as ‘Shutter Island‘ nor does it succeed as a whole from an entertainment point of view. Go into ‘A Cure for Wellness‘ with low expectations and just enjoy the visual appeal that it presents.

Rating: 5.5/10

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What do you guys think of ‘A Cure for Wellness‘? Are you planning on seeing it? Comment below and share your thoughts.

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The most anticipated comic book movie of 2016

Published by: Anthony Wallace

As we enter a new year we have the pleasure of looking forward to some of Hollywood’s biggest super-hero films to hit the big screen. While Disney and Marvel continues to ride on with the MCU universe in ‘Captain America: Civil War‘, DC and Warner Bros. prepares to launch what could be the beginning of one of the most lucrative battles to date. Zack Snyder’sBatman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ is building to be the ultimate fan favorite of 2016 when two of the biggest DC heroes shares the same screen for the first time ever! Magic could be on the horizon and history could be in the making should DC start on the right foot.

But that’s not all as other honorable mentions goes out to DC’s other known film ‘Suicide Squad‘, where some of the most violent criminals comes together to wreck havoc along-side The Joker (played by Jared Leto). Then we have Fox’s latest installment to the X-Men franchise ‘X-Men: Apocalypse‘ with returning director Bryan Singer. And lastly, after teases by Ryan Reynolds and leaked footage at Comic-Con that sent fans to the airwaves, ‘Deadpool‘ arrives in theaters with it’s most wanted R-rating.

What will be one of the biggest years in Comics, now is the time to vote which film is your most anticipated of 2016. Vote down below and share your thoughts.