Is A Cure for Wellness Worth Your Money?

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IMG_0159A Cure for Wellness (2017)

Director: Gore Verbinski

Writers: Justin Haythe and Gore Verbinski

Starring: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Celia Imrie

Run time: 146 min.


Clocking in at nearly two and half hours, A Cure for Wellness mixes body horror, art house, big studio production, and well…possibly the movie Wall Street? All of this ultimately makes for another throw away horror movie we’ll all soon forget.

It’s hard for me to be overly critical of a well directed horror movie with a fairly original plot. Especially a mainstream one that manages to transcend most of the common tropes forced down the throats of the modern horror fan. I wanted to like this modern fairy tale for its stunning imagery, breath taking scenery, and pure ambition. Instead…I got caught up on pacing/editing issues, plot holes, and some atrocious CGI.

Gore Verbinsky’s work to date hasn’t really been my thing. Besides his remake of The Ring, his movies have ranged from just below mediocre to almost good. He can make a movie studio money, that’s for sure, but when it comes down to it, he’s less of a Guillermo del Toro  and more of an artsy Michael Bay. Sure, The Pirates of the Caribbean series was popular, and not altogether unwatchable. But in the end, it’s ultimately mindless action, and completely forgettable. A Cure for Wellness was his way out of all of that, or rather a way back to where he was when he made The Ring. He almost made it, almost.

With a few cuts, a little story editing, and some more practical effects, this movie could have been close to on par with Pans Labyrinth. Maybe I’m beating up on this movie a little bit because of how close it came to being a great movie. Like Icarus, it flew too close to the sun and now the viewer is left wondering what could have been.

I can’t rightfully tell you not to see this movie as it’s honestly better than a lot of the horror movies we’ve seen this decade. I wouldn’t rush to see in theaters though. A late night home viewing is probably your best choice.

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