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“A Cure for Wellness” a Cunning Mystery on Blu-ray

The movie A Cure for Wellness delves into the psyche of a man who tries to make contact with the boss of his company. The mystery thriller takes a few twists and turns on its way to providing closure while leading the viewer through a suspense filled labyrinth of deception. The two hour and a half movie has been released on Blu-ray/DVD plus Digital HD and includes some interesting bonus features.

A young executive at a stock brokerage in New York City, Lockhart (Dane DeHaan), finds himself in a precarious position when he’s told to fetch the CEO Mr. Pembroke (Harry Groener) from a medical retreat high in the Swiss Alps. With the company’s back to the wall due to some inside trading, Lockhart’s mission is not going to be easy. It’s been a long trip, and he’s about to face an even harder task.

Dane DeHaan as Lockhart in A CURE FOR WELLNESS

The beautiful wellness center sits atop a mountain peak with a devilish road to the top. Here Lockhart finds an oasis of amazing views, a lush spa and a large staff of nurses and doctors. The medical spa is headed up by Volmer (Jason Isaacs) a premiere medical scientist who lives to keep his elder guests living well by extending their mortality.

But it’s not all that it seems to be when Lockhart meets the young and beautiful Hannah (Mia Goth) who seems to be out of place among the elderly guests. Director Gore Verbinski, mostly known for the first three of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, helms this weird and vague suspense thriller.

Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) asks a question to a nurse in A CURE FOR WLLNESS

In A Cure for Wellness Verbinski deals a different kind of protagonist who’s up against a “pirate” looking to make fast money by keeping people alive rather than making them dead. He keeps his viewers off balance from start to finish until the muddy water clears and it’s time to reveal all the secrets. I like all the buildup and the guessing and with the home video I was able to rewind a few scenes after the ending to see where I was fooled.

While the acting does make the grade, it’s the sets, interiors and locations that makes the film sinister and mysterious. Verbinski turns a mountain retreat into more of a rehab for the rich and lonely. Keeping “well” gets imbedded into his “patients” and for them it’s really an addiction with exercise groups in lavish swimming pools, and a maze of special rooms where they go to escape.

BONUS FEATURES:

“Deleted Sequence”- It’s Wonderful Here
“Meditations” Water is the Cure, Air is the Cure, and Earth is the Cure
“The Score” How the musical score enhances the experience of the film.
“Sneak Peak” a look at upcoming releases

 

A Cure for Wellness has been rated R by the MPAA for disturbing violent content and images, sexual content including an assault, graphic nudity, and language. Well that should explain it all. Be cautious that the video be kept in a safe place away from immature children.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A cool film for those that like the bizarre. 

Additional Film Information:
Cast: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Harry Groener
Directed and written by: Gore Verbinski
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
MPAA Rating: R for disturbing violent content and images, sexual content including an assault, graphic nudity, and language 
Running Time: 2 hrs. 26 min.
Video Release Date: June 6, 2017
Original Theatrical Release Date: February 17, 2017
Language: English (changeable to Spanish or French)
Reviewed Format: Blu-ray (also available on DVD)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, English Descriptive Audio 5.1, Spanish 2.0, French 2.0
Video: Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Number of Discs: 2 Discs +Digital HD Combo Pack
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Released in: Blu-ray, DVD

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 11 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com