Friday, 17 March 2017

Film Reviews: A Cure for Wellness and Kong: Skull Island

A Cure for Wellness
16 March 2017
146 mins
Gore Verbinski (Director)
Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth
R
Thriller/Horror/Fantasy/Drama

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps, but soon suspects that the spa's treatments are not what they seem. (IMDB Synopsis)


 
 
A Cure for Wellness is a hard film to discuss without giving too much away. That said, I did anticipate the twist/truth very early on, so it was hardly a well-guarded secret. Overall, I enjoyed the movie. I liked the plot idea, though I flinched a few times, such as during the teeth-drilling scene. The story had plenty of suspense throughout and a satisfying ending, as well as good performances from the leads. This is one to see if you like psychological thrillers with a fantasy twist.



Kong: Skull Island
16 March 2017
118 mins
Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Director)
Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson
PG-13
Action/Fantasy/Adventure

A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden. (IMDB Synopsis)




 
In truth, I only saw Kong: Skull Island for Tom Hiddleston. Nevertheless, it was a pleasing popcorn/action flick. There really isn't anything too cerebral here; it's simple a standard action-fantasy film. The CGI effects were good, though, and it was an enjoyable way to pass a couple of hours, even if it's not a film I'd rush to watch again and again.

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