Cure (1997) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Cure (1997) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1997
  • Genre:  Madness & Paranoia
  • Cast and crew: Kôji Yakusho, Masato Hagiwara, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa, Yoriko Dôguchi, Yukijirô Hotaru, Denden, Ren Osugi, Masahiro Toda, Misayo Haruki, Shun Nakayama, Akira Ohtaka, Shôgo Suzuki, Toshi Kato, Hajime Tanimoto, Tsuyoshi Mikami, Makoto Kakeda, Yasujiro Tamura, Yasuharu Sato, Shinichiro Inoue, Yuri Shimada, Kae Egawa, Mitsuyo Suwa
  • Director:  Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Screenwriter:  Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Cure (1997) Rating:

  • Eloise = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 5.5 / 10;
  • IMDb = 7.4 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 9.2 / 10;

Cure (1997) Synopsis:

A detective investigates a series of violent murders that random people seem to commit without even remembering why, but that all have in common that an X was left carved into the victim’s neck.

Cure (1997) Review:

The cure is a Japanese movie, more of a thriller more than a horror film. For that reason, I wasn’t sure whether to review it or not. But since I watched it because most websites list it as horror, I thought I should publish it anyway to avoid others from doing the same mistake.

Don’t get me wrong with this introduction; Cure is a great movie, just not so much horror. Actually, it could best be described as the Asian counterpart to Hollywood “great killer” films such as “Silence of the Lamb” or “Seven”. Hence, if you love this kind of dark thrillers featuring insane killers, you’re in for a great ride with this one.

The film is really strange at first, and it is very hard to understand what is happening during the first 30 minutes. Once things finally start to clarify, the film suddenly reveals the secret behind the murders. This well-timed twist leaves the film with another 50 minutes or so to elaborate on the topic.

As in the film’s latter cited, the killer is both a genius and a complete maniac, and with such a strange personality that his behavior is enough to create a very scary atmosphere. The basic idea behind this film, that I will not reveal here, is really fascinating. In a similar way that Anthony Hopkins gave life to Hannibal Lecter and Kevin Spacey to John Doe, Masato Hagiwara brings full credibility to the killer character and marks the film by his remarkable performance.

The film is however not for everyone. In the pure Asian style, it is sometimes very slow, with really long shots, metaphoric lengthy dialogues, etc. It is then a pure matter of taste. I understand that it is a great and clever movie, but I personally prefer things that are a bit more fast-paced, explaining for my relatively low rating. Seeing that it has 7 / 10 on IMBD should anyway be enough to convince you that Cure is definitely a great movie.

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