Practically all the traditional tropes for psychological thrillers are present in the latest trailer for A Cure for Wellness, there’s hauntingly ominous music, disconcerting shots and periods of relative normalcy interspersed with manic, inexplicable moments that don’t make sense in the context of the trailer, but will surely be explained in the film itself.
All in all, you could say that this trailer is a rather humdrum affair.
Fortunately, director Gore Verbinski manages to maintain a palpably tense and exciting atmosphere through the use of some beautifully realised cinematography, and fast-paced cutting between set-pieces, all the while a cover of The Ramones “I Wanna Be Sedated” is chillingly sung over the top of the action.
It’s hard to say what will happen in the film itself, lending an extra layer to the mystery that surrounds the film, but one assumes that it won’t be a walk in the park for the protagonist.
A Cure for Wellness is out in cinemas February 17th!