A Cure for Wellness

(2017)

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Title:
A Cure for Wellness
Release Date:
15th February 2017
Runtime:
146 min
MPAA Rating:
R
Genres:
Directors:
Gore Verbinski
Writers:
Justin Haythe
Languages:
English
Stream Quality:
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Storyline

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. He soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 40%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 48%
IMDb Rating 6.7

Casts

Adrian Schiller as Deputy Director
Dane DeHaan as Lockhart
Ivo Nandi as Enrico
Jason Isaacs as Volmer
Mia Goth as Hannah

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Ntara-1 18th February, 2017

Breath of Fresh Air to the Horror and Psychologic Thriller Categories of Film

Can't believe all these bad reviews or the horrible percentage it has on this website. This movie broke all expectations I had and was filled with twists and turns that will leave your head spinning even after the film is over and it's been half a day. Before going into my review, I just want to address 3 annoying things I have seen in reviews. 1) First review I saw by Angry Joe on YouTube said that it was predictable from the first scene what would happen by the end. This is so untrue. I expected it to have some Shutter Island, Fight Club, split personality twist but that never happens. Instead you get more and more reeled into the character and all the mystery of what is happening at this facility. 2) Some critic on RT said it was a lot of unpleasantness. WHAT THE F**K did you expect? A happy go lucky movie with pleasant fun things in it? NO! Obviously the whole thing is about a guy losing his mind, so that is just in general an unpleasant theme, you moron. 3) Saw a critic saying it was over-produced. Apart from maybe one scene I can think of towards the end, it was not over produced. It was WELL produced which is very different. When I think of an over-produced movie, I think of almost every superhero movie recently that is plagued by bad writing and an overload of CG. This was nothing of the sort. Nearly every CG moment (besides the stupid face of a deer that gets hit by the car) looked stunningly realistic and was used at a moment where it was necessary to the artistic integrity of the film. This film is ART! Okay, so now that I've addressed the idiots out there, let me give you my outlook on this film. I am a huge fan of psychologic thrillers and SOME horror that is extremely outside of the box. I don't like typical slashers or ghost stories and recently have really been getting tired of the paranormal "someone's possessed by a demon" bulls**t that has been coming out way too often. This movie was a complete fresh breathe of air. A Cure for Wellness is nothing like Shutter Island in it's execution or style, but the main character does look like a little brother of Di Caprio and the films do share the 'crazy house' setting. This movie is brutal at certain points and hard to watch in terms of intensity, which is something I like. I suppose one thing that could upset people about this movie is that some things are not completely cleared up by the end of the movie, which leaves a lot to the imagination of the viewer. After seeing it once, I definitely feel this movie has a rewatchable factor because it seems you could dig up more, looking back through it for clues. I will certainly be buying this one when it's out on video.

Reviewed by www.ramascreen.com 8th February, 2017

Acquired taste

Gore Verbinski, the man who gave us the first "Ring" movie, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, "Rango," and "The Lone Ranger" is now back with this Hitchcockian Gothic psychological thriller designed to keep you guessing till the very end. Even though its final 20 minutes somewhat go off the rails a bit, overall A CURE FOR WELLNESS is stunning, bold and hypnotic. Dane DeHaan plays an ambitious young executive, Lockhart, sent to retrieve his company's missing CEO who's decided to stay at a remote wellness center in the Swiss Alps. What is supposed to be an easy assignment turns into a journey of slowly but surely uncovering the center's dark past, uncovering the real reasons as to why the guests keep staying there, longing for the cure, as Lockhart himself starts to question his own sanity. You will fall in love with the cinematography by DP Bojan Bazelli. Even if you're not a fan of mystery or suspense, Bazelli's cinematography for "A Cure For Wellness' will leave you floored, the word breathtaking doesn't even begin to fairly describe it. There are shots through the tunnel, around the castle, and even during some of the film's most disturbing moments, they draw you in, gorgeous in every possible way. And the fact that they actually filmed a big chunk on location at Castle Hohenzollern in Germany does help because the place becomes a supporting role. Ever since "Chronicle," Dane DeHaan has been an actor that's caught my attention because I do believe that this rising star has what it takes to be great, A CURE FOR WELLNESS allows him to showcase a tease of that potential. His performance reminds me of Leo DiCaprio's in "Shutter Island" and Jack Nicholson's in "The Shining" where to a certain extent, you're not certain if they'd eventually cross that line or remain on this side of the fence. A CURE FOR WELLNESS is trippy, it's intriguing, it's filled with all kinds of odd imagery, it's definitely not for the faint of heart. It's a sensory experience type of a film, the kind that also evokes all sorts of questions about society and what it means to live well and the ambition for purity. But again, as I said earlier, the final 20 minutes do go off the rails a bit, by that time the film feels like it runs longer than it should and furthermore it gets ruined by its desire to leave us on a happy note. A CURE FOR WELLNESS will find its audience, but it's an acquired taste.

Reviewed by somf 2nd February, 2017

Destined for cult status

Opening up the week after John Wick 2 and 50 shades 2 and the same week as The Great Wall, does not bode well for the R rated box office of one of the most cryptic, deranged, and disturbing films ever made. You will hate this one or love it, not likely to get many in between votes. There are images in this film that I will never get out of my head. I am smarter than your average bear but I really have to see the film again to figure a lot of it out. And though I gave it an 8, I am not sure it is something I want to subject myself to again. I really enjoyed Dane De Haan's performance. I was not familiar with him before this film. Jason Isaac is solid and Mia Goth is a fascinating actress that I had also not seen before. Where do I start? The running theme of eels? The numerous Octagenarian nude scenes? The torture scenes? The cryptic mystery of the Spa? Yes, I think I will start there. We join the De Haan character at Dr. Volmer's Swiss spa as he spends a great amount of the film on squeaky crutches wandering the estate and trying to figure out what the heck is going on. Needless to say, he sees and is subjected to a lot of dark and twisted stuff. Verbinski does a wonderful job at the helm. Everyone has been comparing this to Shutter Island, in pre release, but I was more reminded of Eyes Wide Shut in terms of mysterious atmosphere. When I review a film, I find it difficult to walk the fine line between discussing it and revealing spoilers, so I will not say a whole lot more about this odd film. I do have one final thing to say. I am very liberal about allowing young people to see films but moms and dads trust me on this one. Do not allow pre teens to experience this film. There was a 5 year old at my screening tonight. I told the mom, "Have fun the next 15 years dealing with how this film affected your son. You should be ashamed." She told me to go to hell. But seriously parents heed my advice it will save you tons on therapy, bail, and/or rehab.

Reviewed by ALB ([email protected]) 2nd February, 2017

Absurd but quite watchable

(I saw a preview screening of this.) Director Gore Verbinski is best known for the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, and also Rango, The Ring, and The Mexican, so "quietly understated" is not really his thing, If the Pirates movies are kind of a throwback to old Hollywood swashbucklers, this is a more lurid version of old Gothic suspense thrillers like "Rebecca" or "The Island of Doctor Moreau." The main character is Lockhart (Dane DeHaan), who is the exact sort of morally bankrupt young financial hotshot you've seen in a bunch of other movies. His bosses are so cartoonishly evil that they may as well be counting wads of cash as they tell him he's being sent off to Europe to fetch a wayward executive whose signature is needed to allow a merger to go forth so as to allow them to rake in more millions. (Oddly, a similar plot undergirds the otherwise-completely different Will Smith vehicle "Collateral Beauty.") Most of the rest of the movie takes place in a Swiss Alps sanitarium where practically everything looks like it's from some time in the first half of the last century. I half expected John Harvey Kellogg to show up, but instead we get Volmer (Jason Isaacs), the place's director. As with the patients and the staff, there's something not quite right about the overly affable man, and the impatient Lockhart has plenty of time to figure it out after an accident delays his trip back to New York. Exactly what's going on, and why no one ever seems to leave the place, takes quite a while (almost 2.5 hours) to unspool, but Verbinski successfully distracts the viewer with visually arresting images of hallways, of peacefully exercising old people, of slithery fish, of living and maybe dead bodies in all shapes and sizes (but mostly white and old), and so on. A teen girl (aptly named Mia Goth), the only young person besides Lockhart, may hold some clues. Rather than a lush island, the sanitarium is high on a mountain, but the effect is the same, as if the viewer has been transported to a world apart. Does this all sound good? Then you'll probably like this very dark fable. The deep mystery of why the place is so strange is possibly layered with too much complication. I think everything fits together pretty well, but I'm not positive. I am positive that this is definitely going to be a lot different than anything else in the multiplex whenever you might choose to see it.

Reviewed by Andrew Marks 2nd February, 2017

A Cure for Wellness- A short review

Visually, this film is a masterpiece and the shots are breathtaking. The castle where most of the movie takes place is a great setting, it's a real place in Germany called Castle Hohenzollern. Every shot is a piece of art, framed and filmed with the utmost respect for the craft. The story is an interesting one, you'll be thinking to yourself for most of the movie, what is the cure for wellness? They do give an answer to it later in the movie. The plot has a man working for a big finance company out to retrieve the CEO of the company from a wellness center in the Swiss Alps. Along the way, he meets some interesting characters and tries to figure out what exactly they're trying to cure up there on the mountain. The only thing I thought the film could have done better was with the twist, it could be seen from a mile away if you were watching the previous part of the movie with even a little bit of concentrated focus. My suggestion: See it! this film is the reason people go to the movies, to be entertained to the extent of leaving a lasting impression.