by Cameron Tejeda | staff writer

A Cure for Wellness is a new psychological thriller movie that will get inside your head,and make you wonder what in the heck is going on.

The premise is about a young New York business man who is tasked with going to a mysterious wellness spa, to retrieve a co worker that refuses to come back. Actor Dane DeHaan plays the lead role, and I thought he was sufficient enough. I think his performance was pretty bland, but it got the job done. Jason Isaacs, who played the main antagonist, was also forgettable. It seemed to me he could have been replaced with any other actor, and it wouldn’t have made a difference. This could possibly be the fault of the writing. On the other hand, the first thing I noticed about the film was how beautifully it is shot. It seemed liked every frame was artistically placed. The cinematographer really did a great job. The imagery gets really strange and the atmosphere gets progressively more disturbing. Certain sequences will be weird, and others will make your heart pound. Also, the score for the film adds an extra layer of eeriness. The one thing I enjoyed about the movie was that it was complex. It makes you think about what you are watching. It was a little confusing at times, but in the end it makes sense.

As you learn about the experiments that happen in the wellness center, the film takes a creepy and interesting turn. There were moments involving eels that were very suspenseful. Then finally you learn the truth about everything, and it is really twisted. One negative I had with the movie is that the ending gets a little over the top, and it took me out of it. However, I will say that as long as the runtime is, I never felt bored watching it. The movie always kept me intrigued.

A Cure for Wellness has its faults, but it makes up for it with its style and originality. It is a solid thriller that anyone who wants to see an original and bizarre movie should check out.      

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Cameron Tejeda is a sophomore at Johnson High School. He is a big movie enthusiast and Batman fanboy. He is also a huge Carolina Panthers football fan.

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