Horror movies continue to storm the theaters this month, and each is certainly its own unique twist on the genre. This weekend, a fairly odd titled movie called A Cure for Wellness has snuck into the theaters. The trailers have painted this one an interesting tale to say the least, promising a mystery to be contained within the walls of former Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs) the sanatorium? Robbie K back to present more thoughts on yet another movie to hit the theaters. Let’s get started.
- Creepy Atmosphere
- Unique Twist
Summary: If you wished for a creepy movie, then consider it granted because A Cure for Wellness is the personification of creepy. The setting itself is more than enough to give you chills, as you delve into an isolated manor on top of the hill where dark, empty hallways and broad smiling staff await to “treat” our characters. As Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) delves further into the mystery, he finds more pieces to the ever-shifting puzzle that only further gives you goosebumps. And within these halls is indeed a unique twist to the normal horror story. A Cure for Wellness will certainly have some “twists” that you haven’t seen before (or haven’t seen in a while) that of course has to do with the water they magnify in the trailers. While I can’t tell you all the connections that lie within the walls of this film, you should certainly expect it to be detailed. Where many horror movies trade detailed plots for cheap scares, Cure for Wellness does the opposite by making a very complex story with fewer jump moments. You’ll have to pay attention to connect the clues, but rest assured the writers did a decent job developing the story to avoid any gaps or loose ends. Nice to see that art hasn’t been lost.
- Long Run Time
- A little too convoluted
- Stretch of the imagination
Summary: While I am impressed with their attention to detail, A Cure for Wellness has many limitations that took the magic away for me. First thing for me was how boring it was. The mystery is intriguing, but all the setup, detective work, and excessive focus on dried out dialogue took away from my curiosity. In addition, Lockhart’s treks through the facility have little suspense to them, partially due to the security being surprisingly lax, and the sense of urgency being rather diluted. The overall pace of the film is slow and without anything to spice up the climax, the 150-minute runtime feels much longer.
Maybe if the ending had been more satisfying the wait would have been well worth it, but sadly Cure for Wellness failed in this regard for me. While certainly unique, Cure for Wellness got a little too creative at times and stretched into the realm of extremely bizarre. It was an attempt to blend science with magic, as two very different paths blended together into an awkward twist I didn’t quite comprehend at first. And even the execution at the end wasn’t that impressive, as the cheesy theatrics came to a rushed ending.
But the biggest limitation is the number of disturbing scenes contained in this film. Imagine, if you will, the traps of the Saw films. Remember the gore and suffering portrayed in those moments, where our poor cast was forced to scream until they met their fates? Well, this movie mimics those details again, only without Jigsaw’s cleverness or convoluted designs. You’ll get to see some truly psychotic moments in this film, as Lockhart falls victim to the treatments and “pampering” that must have been born in Hell. You can guess that this kind of stuff isn’t my particular cup of tea, and while certainly suspenseful at times, our team got excessive in drawing these moments out. Perhaps this is the reason they say you won’t sleep at night.
A Cure for Wellness looked to be the unique twist the genre has been lacking for some time. While the mystery is very detailed and developed in this creepy asylum world, it still has some pitfalls that take away from the movie. I’ll agree this movie will join the ranks of the cult status films primarily due to the graphic bouts of psychosis and disturbing twists. Past this though, it’s not a movie I can recommend for the theater, unless you get certain thrills from this kind of torture.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 4.0