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Fast Five Review: A Cure for Wellness

acureforwellnessbannerA Cure for Wellness
Thriller | 2017

Lockheart is a young executive, sent by the board of his company to a remote Swiss wellness spa to retrieve their errant CEO. The residents are all blissed-out, middle-aged former executives, who wear white and play croquet and tennis on the lawn – and drink a lot of water, which comes from a spring beneath the facility and is known for its healing properties. When he’s injured a car accident on his way back down the mountain, Lockheart seems to have little choice but to remain at the spa until he’s better. Things are about to get weird. Very weird…

1) Did you like it?

Yes and no…but mostly no. Let me explain.

2) Why?

Let’s start with the positives. A Cure for Wellness is a visually stunning film. Everything about the film’s setting is perfect – the impossibly huge castle with décor that looks like something from another era, the crisp colours, the stark white uniforms. It’s so incredibly elegant. And the film gets off to a really good start, too. It’s an inspired choice to make Lockheart such an unsympathetic character, and actor Dane DeHaan does an amazing job not only bringing him to life, but bringing the viewer over to his side, too.

acureforwellnessblogThe thing is, A Cure for Wellness is long. Way too long. The lingering tension that’s present in the first part of the film is dragged out until it’s stretched beyond all recognition. Then, there’s the film’s conclusion, with a “twist” that anyone could have seen coming miles off and a final confrontation that feels anticlimactic. What could have been a smart, stylish and supremely creepy movie – the cult classic it so desperately wants to be – is all, in the end, just a little silly.

3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…

Maybe if you fast-forward through a few scenes in the middle? Or perhaps I’ve just got a short attention span, and you’ll love it? Watch it and prove me wrong!

4) This movie made me think about…

For what it’s worth, this film does have a few very unsettling scenes and images that eel-y stuck in my mind…

5) Overall rating?

You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave…

3-stars

Fast Five Review: The Revenant (2015)

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THE REVENANT
2015 | R18+ | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Reviewed by Edward

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. Continue reading

Fast Five Review: Dig (2015)

Dig

 

Reviewed by Jennifer

1. Did you like it?

Yes. Especially later in the season, the cliffhanger at the end of each episode made me want to watch the next one as soon as possible.

2. Why/Why not?

I always love finding movies and TV shows with an international  perspective, and that’s what got me interested in Dig, especially since much of it takes place in Jerusalem, and my family has an Israeli connection. I also often enjoy shows with a supernatural or paranormal element, so that ticks another box.

Moving between Israel and the US, Dig tells the story of a grand conspiracy, drawing inspiration from Holy Land archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls and Jewish mysticism. The story is told through the experiences of a diverse group of characters: FBI agents deployed in Jerusalem, an Israeli cop, a naïve young Orthodox Jewish man, an American woman involved in a secretive Christian sect. I suspect Dig could be considered fairly offensive to a strictly orthodox Jew or a practitioner of Kabballah. But since I’m neither, I found it an intriguing spin on the old TV trope of the detective who uncovers a big secret that goes way over his head.

3. “You would enjoy this series if…”

You like intrigue and mystery, with an esoteric/conspiracy bent. I think fans of The X-Files, NCIS and some of the other more quirky criminal investigation shows would like Dig.

4. “This series made me think…”

That clearly I retained more from my primary school Hebrew classes than I thought – I was able to pick up a pretty good range of words in the Jerusalem scenes.

5. Stars out of five?

3.5