A Cure for Wellness (2016)
As with so many of Gore Verbinski's films, A Cure for Wellness has an immediate mystic and seductive quality that makes you want to love it. His compositions and use of locations are second to none, and like he did in his debut Mouse Hunt, he romanticizes early 20th century architecture, style and way of life. This time the setting is a classic mountainside sanatorium in the Swiss Alps, complete with once cutting-edge and experimental (now arguably outdated) medical equipment and methods, to which wealthy clients from the business world once again come flocking. Our protagonist is an unscrupulous, up-and-coming finance man named Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) who is sent there to retrieve the company's CEO (Harry Groener), whom his peers believe to have become a health fanatic after leaving the corporation behind. Needless to say, things aren't quite what they seem to be at the sanatorium, and Verbinski chases us around the premises along with Lockhart to try to decipher it all. Although the basic premise is good and Verbinski creates several moments of enticing, classy filmmaking, it all starts to dwindle and lose its effectiveness as the director starts procrastinating. The unraveling is clever, but not so clever that the film can afford this amount of sloppiness getting to the conclusion. The acting is mostly average, although DeHaan excels in the more physical segments and Mia Goth has a delicate quality that fits her part perfectly.