Movie Review: A CURE FOR WELLNESS (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

A CURE FOR WELLNESS was directed by Gore Verbinski from a story by Justin Haythe and Gore Verbinski and stars Dane DeHaan, Jason IsaacsMia Goth, Harry Groener and Adrian Schiller.

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. From Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of THE RING, comes the new psychological thriller, A CURE FOR WELLNESS.

The movie follows Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) who travels half way around the world to a remote sanitarium that’s located in the Swiss Alps to retrieve and return Pembroke (Harry Groener), the top executive at his company. Upon his arrival he meets Volmer (Jason Isaacs), the mysterious doctor who operates the facility that’s populated by wealthy senior citizens who all appear to be way to happy. An accident happens and Lockhart goes from guest to unwilling patient and this is where he slowly begins to uncover what’s going on at this place. He also befriends Hannah (Mia Goth), the only young patient at the “wellness center” and one who is full of secrets and the key to unlocking the mystery to this place. Lockhart endures and miraculously survives some unorthodox medical procedures as punishment for meddling in Volmer’s mysterious practice. All of these terrifying procedures allows Lockhart to ultimately uncover the mystery behind this old facility and the sinister man who runs it.

Okay, I went into A Cure for Wellness hoping it was going to be Gore Verbinski’s opus but sadly it wasn’t. It’s still a really good movie but it’s a flawed watch, mostly because of the lengthy run time. The story is smart and thought-provoking and it’s complimented by some really good performances by the cast. Unfortunately, some of the main characters were more interesting than others but stuff like that happens in movies. Moving on, there’s some amazing visuals throughout the watch. We’re talking about some visually stunning scenes throughout A Cure for Wellness. The visuals really help to tell this haunting story, too. There’s also some impressive cinematography to go along with Verbinski’s storytelling that’s both beautiful and haunting at times. The isolated location, the mysterious facility and the surprises that dwell within it were also an important part to this Lovecraftian-style thriller.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc also features their own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, A Cure for Wellness is a hauntingly beautiful psychological horror-thriller that I wanted to fall in love with but I couldn’t because of a few flaws. The biggest issue I had with the movie was the extremely long run time because I caught myself wandering off at times. This movie is really long and can be a severe slow burn at times. Honestly, the movie could have been a lot shorter and I think it would have been a much smoother viewing experience. The other issue I had was the fact that I wasn’t really interested in the main character although I was glued into what was going on around him but he just wasn’t a very likable character. Still, Gore Verbinski is one of my favorite directors but this ambitious effort unfortunately isn’t his best work. Simply put, I really did like the movie but I didn’t love it.  A Cure for Wellness releases on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack on June 6th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Run Time: 146 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / EDA 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digial 5.1

Subtitles: English, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include a deleted sequence, a behind-the-scenes look at the scoring of the film,  individual meditations from the wellness center, three trailers and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Deleted Sequence: “It’s Wonderful Here” (04:46)
  • Meditations
    • Water is the Cure (02:58)
    • Air is the Cure (02:44)
    • Earth is the Cure (02:42)
  • The Score (04:08)
  • Trailers
    • Theatrical trailer (01:55)
    • Red Band trailer (02:26)
    • International trailer (00:59)
  • Digital HD Copy
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