There is something so off kilter from the first frame itself, something so weirdly offset that the air itself absorbs and sucks us into this dementedly perfect world of Gore Verbinski. The water, the Swiss Alps, the plateau on the hill, the bloody history and the mythical therapies, this is the stuff nasty thrillers are made of.
The symmetries are perfect with several frames split from the middle which makes A Cure for Wellness visually stunning. The awe inspiring cinematography captures Switzerland in the lenses as never before, like a lost and forgotten heaven on Earth. What ails the affair is the elongated run-time and tonal shifts. It overstays its presence as our protagonist tracks already treaded paths and goes down the cliched roads on multiple occasions. Inspirations of greats like Kubrick and Lynch are fairly visible in Verbinski’s approach to the execution, howsoever, improper editing and slight pacing issues take some punches away.