Cure for Wellness is bad medicine for audiences

February 28, 2017

 For a movie that tried too hard to be deep and eye-opening, I expected more from a psychological thriller.

 

 

Hannah, portrayed by Mia Goth, lying in a bathtub full of eels to eat her dead skin during a spa treatment.

 


 Throughout the first act anyway, A Cure for Wellness ended up being a mess of plots that finished its third act as a completely different kind of movie.

 

A Cure for Wellness was trying to tell an interesting story about greedy people and how life should really be lived.

 

But as the movie developed, it left me with nothing to say about the movie’s so-called narrative. 


The movie follows actor Dan DeHaan, who plays a stockbroker, greedy for power, who needs to retrieve his company’s CEO from a mysterious “sanatorium” in the Swiss Alps.

 

In a Shutter Island kind of twist, the doctors try to convince him he is crazy.

 

As he keeps trying to prove himself, he just digs himself deeper into his own delusions.


The movie’s direction was mostly good, but many scenes seemed to add nothing to the story, or felt like an excuse to shift focus away from the main character.

 

Cringe-inducing scenes were also abundant throughout the film, which almost made me want to walk out of the theater. 


With a movie that is 2 hours and 26 minutes long, I wanted scenes that add substance and character development, not just filled with images that didn't add anything of importance to the plot.


In the last act, however, a big plot twist is revealed, and it just leaves you confused, not because it was unexpected, but because it was so obvious that you just hope they didn’t do it. 


I was just overall frustrated at how, what started out as an interesting mystery, ended with a wanna-be sci-fi flick.

 

But as it ended, I felt relieved.

 

Because it ended, and the conclusion goes back to the story they considered telling in the beginning.

 
The acting was good and didn’t feel too forced on the main character’s part, and every character involved reached a well-deserved resolution, fitting their respective narrative. 


Some of the scenery looked gorgeous, since the movie is set in the Swiss Alps, but also felt out of place in what was mostly a dark film. 


Had the plot not jumped all over the place, or had it not been too strange to be enjoyable, this would’ve been a good mystery with a nice moral at the end.

 

But, thanks to the never ending jumping, I’m giving this film 2 stars out of 5. 

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