A Cure For Wellness Review – A Trippy, Sci-Fi, Mind-Bending,Thrill Ride

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

A Cure For Wellness, from TSG Entertainment and 20th Century Fox, presents a mind-bending story of the power of folklore, mystery, health and the lengths people travel to stop the clock, to secure longevity, to escape, to find Zen.

Co-written and directed by Gore Vebinski, A Cure For Wellness stars Jason Volmer, Dana DeHaan, Mia Goth, Celia Imrie, Adrian Schiller, Carl Lumbly, Harry Groener, Magnus Krepper, Judith Hoersch, Lisa Banes, Rebecca Street, Craig Wroe,  Ivo Nandi and was written by Justin Haythe and Verbinski.

A Cure for Wellness opens in New York, late night or early morning, in finance its all the same, with a single trader Morris, played by Craig Wroe, grinding away, trading in markets across the world, when the inevitable strikes and as day breaks on Wall Street Morris is just another causality to the fast track.

With Morris dead, the board is left with a pending merger, a young ambitious executive, Lockhart, played by Dane DeHaan, who is fast tracking on a train somewhere when he gets the call that takes him to the boardroom. The youngest and apparently most deserving to receive partnership.

Lockhart reads the letter the board has received from Mr. Pembroke, the CEO, who after taking a wellness break and traveling to a healing Spa in the Swiss Alps, has decided to stay, finding what he describes, in the letter, as nirvana.

The merger precludes any warm and fuzzy feelings Pembroke might be having while under the delusion of the altitude and with the rat race in the rear view, life seems idyllic.

The board sends Lockhart to Switzerland to retrieve Pembroke and bring him back to New York City to complete the merger. One would think it would be an easy task. By the next morning Lockhart, young, naive, drunk on his own power and making equally inebriated decisions, barrels into the well-manicured and well-kept Spa, where whited robed former executives, the power echelon of the worlds corporations are lounging, playing badminton, croquet, and other leisurely activities while waiting for the next treatment.

Arriving at 3:10PM, he finds that the visiting hours end at 3:00PM, and neither tactic, charming or power play, sways the step-ford nurse who simply asks for his signature on the document, which he obliges, without reading.

Deciding the brick wall to Pembroke needed a huddle with Wall Street he jumps into the waiting car, driven by the only livery operator in town, Enrico, played by Ivo Nandi.

What follows is graphically the most stunning special effect car crash to hit the screen in sometime, as a six-point Buck, jumps out in front on the Mercedes, getting his antler stuck in the windshield, the deer is bucking and trying to extradite himself from the car, while the driver is trying to control the vehicle, which is already traveling at high speed, when he loses control and the car launches and completes at least six somersaults, a flip, side over side, roll. It is graphically shocking and the camera pans the road where the buck pulling part of the Benz windshield molding is limping to the center of the road where he convulses and dies.

While we are left wondering, for a moment, did they survive, the camera pans the face of Lockhart, now a crash victim, with a severe broken femur, “a clean break” we are told by the Spa director, Volmer, played by Jason Isaacs.

With our young executive undeterred by his injuries and the merger on track, he decides to find Pembroke on his own and soon he is hobbling around the spa trying to find the elusive executive who hold the keys to the firm’s secrets and the ability to stay any execution order by Federal Regulators.

What follows is one sci-fi bending trip as Gore Virbinski travels into the mind of the health crazed longevity obsessed culture into financial windfall and cult devotion.

A Cure For Wellness is one shocking treatment after another, as the limits of devotion to a belief and more so believing the creed, folklore, mystery of the soothsayer, the charlatan who speaks with snake-charming skills brainwashing the most intelligent, which like a domino effect acts as a reputation reference to the next equally intelligent.

Jason Isaacs charms as the good doctor, the spa director who longs only for the well-being of his clients, who sign in on their own accord and are willing to go the distance to allow themselves to be put under his spell, agreeing to freak treatments all in the name of health, happiness and zen.

Dane DeHaan, who carries the majority of the film, becomes by default an immersive investigator, and handles the freaky, are they or aren’t they, hallucinations as anyone who is still in control of his right mind would. I joined him in his reactions, as he projects trapped and unable to escape with dramatic authenticity.

Granted with a film of 140 minutes, the necessity of all scenes becomes questioned and I do have to admit a single scene, at the end, could have been removed and the strength of the film would have remained as the point is to expose the truth about the leadership running this for-profit, wellness spa that is in reality conducting absurd medical experiments, bordering on those conducted in Nazi Germany, and keeping the final hostage scene detracts from the film.

The cinematography is equally stunning as the film is set in the Swiss Alps and the mountains are gorgeous.

A Cure For Wellness has a strong supporting cast of talent who are recognizable and add strength to the story-line. The entire cast brings the story, which could have been a messy hodgepodge of great ideas together to one strong edge of the seat, cohesive, sci-fi, thrill ride.

A Cure For Wellness is a stand out film, shocking, graphic special effects, a gripping, explosive journey.

A Cure For Wellness opens February 17, 2016. See it.

Haute Tease

  • San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival 2018 – Five Reasons To Attend

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    With only one more day for gastro-maniacs to enjoy the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival there is still a cornucopia of flavor-fueled activities poised to satiate the hearts, minds and palates of San Diego foodies.

     
  • Business/Finance: CNBC Exclusive: CNBC’s David Faber Speaks with Quibi CEO Meg Whitman (Transcripts)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” and CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” are Live from the 2019 Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles, CA. The following are the unofficial transcripts of CNBC Exclusive interviews conducted by CNBC’s David Faber.

     
  • Beach Boy Brian Wilson Selling Vacation Home

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    After Elvis and before the Beatles, the Beach Boys were America's favorite rock 'n roll group ruling the U.S. air waves with “Surfin' Safari,” “Surfin' USA” and “Surfer Girl” and virtually creating the California beach music sound.

     
  • World News: The Impossible Equation in the Search for Enough

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The free trade agreement signed between the European Union and Mercosur sends a watermark to the issues of food security and environmental protection in a context of continued demographic growth with projected growth far outweighing the ability to produce.

     
  • Beltway Insider: NATO Summit; Iraqi ISIS/ISIL Syrian; Ebola Numbers; Al-Qaida Operative Dead

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama traveled to Wales, United Kingdom, for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit where he met with world leaders from the twenty-eight member nations to discuss the challenges and direction of the 65 year-old organization.

     
  • Miami At Night Book Review – Captures the Silky Colors and Pulsating Heat of The Magic City

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Miami At Night, from Schiffer Publishing and author Bill Brothers, bring together a vibrant nocturnal explosion of pulsating neon’s rising with the dusk filling the nighttime skyline with golden, enchanted sunsets, truly magnificent cityscapes bursting with life.

     
  • Actress Angie Harmon Launches ‘X Red Earth’ Jewelry Collection

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Actress Angie Harmon’s new "X Red Earth" is no ordinary jewelry line. Her edgy, socially conscious collection combines chic designs, unconventional materials and artisan craftsmanship that takes skull and bone baubles to a sophisticated new level.  

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Offers ACA Concessions; World Remembers JFK; Typhoon Death Toll Revised; Iran Maintains Nuclear Direction

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Barack Obama was pressured again, even by his own party, to answer for the major malfunction of the Affordable Care Act Marketplace and his failure to honor his commitment and promise to the American people.  

     
  • Fab Fare and Frivolity at Barton G Los Angeles (Exclusive Interview)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Barton G Los Angeles, the whimsical driven epicurean experience that boasts A-list chic ambiance juxtaposed with dramatic, over-the-top presentation serves crave-worthy fare, and caters to the ever-elusive, entertainment industry’s elite guarantees a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

     
  • REAL STEEL, from DreamWorks SKG, Delivers Championship Entertainment

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    REAL STEEL, from DreamWorks SKG and Executive Producers Steven Spielberg and Bob Zemeckis, brings to the screen a futuristic, fast action, emotional story of hope and triumph of the human spirit.   

     
  • The Healthcare Revolution: More Choices, Not More Taxes

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    We should take a cue from the French (minus the fires and looting). We need a middle-class medical care revolt against the elitists and politicians who think more government through high taxes is "The Answer" while ignoring community solutions.

     
  • Weed Nations: The Top Pot-Loving Countries

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Marijuana legalization has been a political issue in the United States for some time, and while it remains illegal in most states, others have softened their stance in recent years with Colorado and Washington leading the way.  

  • Laura Aguilar Fearlessly Reclaims Her Body And Her Journey Through Life With "Show And Tell"

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Lesbian, Latina and large-bodied, Laura Aguilar fearlessly reclaims her body and her journey with Show and Tell: the headline-grabbing exhibition that captured the heart of the art world during the recent PST: LA/LA, the massive art initiative led by the Getty.

     
  • HL Travel: What's New in Paris and the Paris Region for 2018

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    On the heels of a tourism uptick, 23 million tourists in 2017 alone, Paris, France is forecasting its most successful year in a decade making the City of Light one of the most sought after and realized global destinations.

     
  • Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982 –1992 Review – Poignant Interviews and News Footage Personalize Shocking Documentary

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Let It Fall, from John Ridley, ABC's Lincoln Square Production, and (ABC) the American Broadcasting Company, presents a chronological presentation of the events leading up to one of the most violent seasons in Los Angeles Police history, culminating with the Rodney King Beating and the injustice that followed.