Imagine if you took DVD copies of The Road To Wellville, Eyes Wide Shut, and Sucker Punch, and you compressed them all together with some Finnish guy’s hydraulic press. If you took that mashed-up disk and popped it into the entertainment system, what came out on the TV would probably look a lot like this trailer for A Cure For Wellness. That’s not necessarily a criticism. Those three films went off the rails to varying degrees, but they were all visually arresting and striving for something tonally challenging. Director Gore Verbinski seems to be aiming for something in the center of their overlapping sets.
Written by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road), and starring Chronicle’s Dane DeHaan and Nymphomaniac: Vol. II’s Mia Goth, this period piece follows a young executive who travels to a wellness center in the Swiss Alps to collect his company’s CEO. However once he gets there, things get ominous and creepy, and someone cranks up a very slow and somber cover of The Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated” on the soundtrack.
A Cure For Wellness is scheduled to be released into decent society on February 17, 2017.