Gore Verbinski is known for making films like ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise, 2002’s ‘The Ring’, and the Academy Award-winning animated film, ‘Rango’. Coming from such a filmmaker, the expectations were actually pretty high for ‘A Cure for Wellness’. With a hauntingly beautiful score from Benjamin Wallfisch (Hans Zimmer’s promising protégé), Verbinski picked up some notes from his previous horror project, and along with the inspiration from some other classics, whipped up a psychological thriller that tackled so many themes at once that the audience needed a glass of water in every half-hour.
‘A Cure for Wellness’ is, by no means, a perfect film. Its idea might be as grand as the castle that becomes the site of its narrative, but its plot doesn’t flow with the same fluidity as the water that acts as its central theme. In such a case, it is obvious that the audience is divided in their opinion about it. For those, who those who liked it and need some answers, we’ll try to wash away all your doubts.
Before we begin with the answers, let’s ponder over the question, one more time. The film follows the story of a young man named Lockhart. He has recently received a promotion for some exceptional work and is summoned by the board for some discussions. It turns out that he had closed some accounts by the means that weren’t necessarily legal. The board gives him a choice- the prison or a project. He has to go to a “wellness centre” in the Swiss Alps and bring back a member of the board who has refused to return from there. It is pretty important for the company to get his approval before they can move on with some things. Lockhart is confident that twenty minutes should be the approximate time for him to talk to the man and convince him to come back with him to New York. However, he soon realises that the place is not at all what it appears to be. Something just seems off about the whole thing, the staff, the residents, and a mysterious girl. Lockhart meets with an accident on the way and finds himself a patient in the hospital. But his troubles begin when the doctor diagnoses him with something that isn’t even there.
The Castle on the Mountain
Even if you don’t like this film, you can’t argue with the fact that, at times, it is breathtakingly beautiful. With the setting of the Alps behind it, some great shots have been used to bring out the beauty of the castle. Truly, “why would someone want to leave it?” This leads us to lesson number one: just because a place is beautiful, doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous. Especially if you know that it has some bad history, and clearly, still manages a bad repertoire in town. As soon as Lockhart enters the village, he witnesses the hatred towards the rich people who go up to the mountain. He inquires about it from his driver and receives an interesting story.