“A cure for wellness” is a psychological thriller, filled with macabre twists and turns that will have you at the edge of your seat. Protagonist Lockhart (Dane Dehaan) finds himself diagnosed with the same mysterious illness that keeps all the guests there longing for the cure. His short stay of what was supposed to be one day is starting to feel like an eternity to the point that he starts to question his own sanity much similar like I felt sitting through the whole movie. His suspicions that the spas miraculous treatments are not what they seem. Lockhart a young executive from New York is sent on a mission to retrieve his company’s CEO from a divine but mysterious “wellness center” at an isolated location in the Swiss Alps.
Director Gore Verbinski known for his very successful franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean” (2003, 2006, 2007) films and his hit thriller “The Ring” (2002) and now “A cure for wellness” it’s an extraordinaire for making extensive films not so boring. Which explains why this two and half hour film had me peeled eye trying to figure out if there was really a cure for this sickness or if it was all just mind games. I really admire the cinematography in this film, it establishes settings and keeps scenes tied together to make sense with the rest of the movies elements. The beautiful views of the Swiss Alps, you can almost feel the mountain air, the old architectural castle with the eerie dungeon that makes you think mad scientist.
I did enjoy my time watching this film, although the ending was not what I expected. Lockhart is finally free to go back home to his New York lifestyle but decides to stay. He takes off on a bicycle with patient Hanna (Mia Goth) the camera follows them down this dark forest highway and wen the camera closes on his face he gives a deranged smile, making me wonder that there can be a possibility that Lockhart has really gone mad.