Director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Rango) has teamed up once again with cinematographer Bojan Bazelli (Rock of Ages, Pete’s Dragon) for a new thriller titled A Cure for Wellness. The story follows a young business executive who is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from a mysterious wellness center isolated in the Swiss Alps and comes to suspect that the center, although renowned for its miraculous (if not unconventional) treatments, is not all it’s made out to be. Leading the cast are actors Dane DeHaan (Lawless, Kill Your Darlings), Jason Issacs (The Patriot, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac: Volume II, Everest), Ivo Nandi (Sons of Anarchy, Boardwalk Empire), Adrian Schiller (Bright Star, The Danish Girl), Celia Imrie (Nanny McPhee, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), and Harry Groener (Patch Adams, Road to Perdition).
Verbinski co-wrote the story with screenwriter Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road, The Lone Ranger), who penned the script, but the most compelling aspect of the film is not only the eerie storyline, but rather Bazelli’s work with the camera. He is able to create an atmosphere that seems like a perfect blend of Shutter Island meets The Ring, which incidentally he also worked on with Verbinski in 2002. There’s really nothing I can say that speaks to the effect of the camera work and dark imagery director and cinematographer capture in the film, you’ll just have to watch the trailer. If you can, I would definitely recommend watching this one on the big screen while it’s still in theaters. Enjoy the weekend!