The first thought that popped into my head after watching “A Cure For Wellness” was ¨what the heck did I just watch?¨
I first wanted to see the film directed by Gore Verbinski after I finished binge watching “Shutter Island” and “The Babadook.” I wanted something that would send chills up my spine but wasn’t so demonic that I wouldn’t be able to sleep for the next week. I was enamored by the trailers; they depicted a young ambitious CEO who had to go to Switzerland in order to retrieve a businessman from a wellness center. This special spa is filled with energetic, affluent individuals, who have decided to suddenly leave behind their lives many would be envious of to receive treatments to become ‘cured’ at this mysterious spa.
And that’s when the film started to go downhill.
The film reminded me of a sort of “Alice in Wonderland” paranoia story that is too often recreated in most psychological horror films. When the protagonist Lockhart meets Hannah, a ¨sick¨ girl who has lived at the center for as long as she can remember, he begins to uncover what is really going on at the so-called “wellness” center. The villagers, people who live close to the center, are fearful of those who live in the center and conflict often arises between the two parties. It is later revealed that the villagers hate the people at the center, especially Doctor Volmer, the man who gives the residents of the center the cures, because centuries ago experiments were performed on the villagers.
The story ending made me want to punch a wall. The trailers made me have so much hope for the film, but my high expectations hit the floor around the middle of the movie. The film focused on the horror of the ¨cures¨ throughout the film, which filled me with questions about the antagonist of the story Doctor Volmer. I suppose I could be over analyzing the film, but throughout the entire production I only wanted to know why the villain had the motives that he did; and I wanted a better answer other than ‘he’s psycho and we can’t think of a better reason for him to run around terrorizing people and committing unspeakable acts.’
The film was choppy and seemed as if it were thrown together at the last minute; it was hyped up so much, yet failed to follow through.by