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'A Cure for Wellness': You've been there before . . .

This strikes me as an overworked, sci-fi short story set in the early 20th Century. It is not that but it reads like one with it's classic plot and cardboard characters who play the heroes and villians of a tale that seems almost deja vu.

DeHaan plays a young, upcoming salesman in a securities firm on the brink of a big merger. His board found some of his imporprities and offered to look the other way if he would retrieve their CEO (Pembroke) from a spa in Switzerland where he seems content to stay.

Once he arrives, in view of the Alps, he meets immediate resistance to seeing Pembroke and runs afoul of the stainless steel staff headed by Jason Issac, the doctor Volmer. When DeHaan begins his ride back to the village below he catches sight of a young woman standing precariously on the upper wall and shortly becomes involved in a deer crash on the way down the mountain. Here we begin our journey into the depraved mystery that is the curse, not cure, of all imprisoned.

When I first saw the trailers I thought Verbinski would not be able to maintain the level of weirdness exhibited. Surprisingly, he pretty much did manage with many unsettling visions and a classic yet modern day tale in the vein of "Frankenstein" or "Dracula". Being in love with the off-beat I cannot share my enthusiasm for such as the film seems a bit too long and not everyone has the entusiasm for bent reality and oodles of slithering eels. The film does have its own cinematic beauty thanks to location and lots of CGI.

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Topic - 'A Cure for Wellness': You've been there before . . . - Billy Wonka 18:18:11 02/19/17 (0)


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