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A Cure for Wellness could be described as a filmmaking masterpiece. The cinematography, directions and set design were absolutely stunning and by far the best I have seen since The Revenant. You could immediately place this film next to other cinematography greats such as Shutter Island, Pan’s Labyrinth and Children of Men.
Gore Verbinski’s direction also helps to hold the tension throughout the entire film and really emphasise the bizarre world Dane DeHaan’s character Lockheart has found himself in. DeHaan himself is also a revelation! Channelling a DiCaprio a la Shutter Island like performance, DeHaan, who plays a business executive with a curious but crippling obsession to know the history behind the Wellness Centre, absolutely nails the performance.
But as good as the cinematography, direction and acting are, this film’s story and screenplay fall short. Lockheart makes some truly questionable character choices and leaves you screwing your face up in confusion as to how stupid he can be. Then you are left with a rather anti-climactic ending where it seems as though Verbinski has forgotten to write the revealing payoff that leaves you thinking ‘wow’!
Directed By: Gore Verbinski