Directed by Gore Verbinski who’s done the first three Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger and the pretty awesome American remake of The Ring, his latest A Cure for Wellness is based on an original idea by Verbinski and Haythe. Pretty much every shot is a work of art, the colours are vibrant and the background is splendid, it also has a pretty impressive cast going for it. First off I have to remind you Dane DeHaan who was in Life After Beth, Devil’s Knot, played James Dean in Life and was Green Goblin/ Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, he’s also starring in the super
I need to spend a few words on the soundtrack because is so bad ass; includes classical monsters like Beethoven and Schubert, as well as Metal Techno (yup, apparently it is a thing) German band BlitzKill, and Austrian rockers Bilderbuch – how’s that for variety?
Keeping with the German theme, the locations were in Deutchland, such as Castle Hohenzollern for the Spa's external shots and the abandoned hospital in Beelitz-Heilstätten was used for the interiors. Now let's get to the core of A Cure For Wellness:
Lockhart is a young ambitious lad and would do anything to climb up the ladder and became a successful business man, so when the board at his financial company ask (half ask, half blackmail) him to get his very pale ass to the Swiss Alps to an expensive Spa to retrieve their CEO, he obliges. The first thing you notice is that the place is seriously breath-taking and looks like a slice of heaven on earth but the guests are acting pretty weird (I guess many rich old people do), but most importantly, big boss Pembroke is not even thinking about going back to the USA with the junior associate.
A lot of people compared A Cure For Wellness with Shutter Island, I did too before watching it, but now that I've seen Wellness, there’s not many similarities. First of all this is not an asylum and there’s no crazies (in the actual sense of the term) here, and to me it’s also pretty clear what the ending means. One of the other major difference comes down to money, Shutter Island did extremely well raking in $294 million against its $80 mil budget, while Wellness barely made $26.5 to its $40.
Written by Mags