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

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

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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