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A Cure for Wellness (2016)

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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.

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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. Written by 20th Century Fox

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All of us are human. None of us are immune.


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Rated R for disturbing violent content and images, sexual content including an assault, graphic nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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17 February 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La cura siniestra  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,356,941, 19 February 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,106,986, 23 March 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,559,557, 23 March 2017
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Trivia

Although the story takes place in Switzerland, the film was shot in Germany. See more »

Goofs

In Volmer's office, Volmer steps out and Lockhart steals a medical file from the filing cabinet. On Volmer's return, they discuss a locket, which is in Lockhart's hand after previously hanging over a picture. When Volmer returns the locket to its position on the picture, the shot from behind the picture frame shows that the locket is placed with the chain in an asymmetrical position over the elaborate frame. In the next shot, showing the picture from the front, the chain is perfectly symmetrical. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lockhart: [on the phone] No, we can not touch the munis, we use them as collateral for a leveraged equity position in Cisco. Never mind, take everything out of First National, move it over to Banyon.
Josh: Wait, you mean Delaware, I thought that was dead.
Lockhart: That's resurrected, we need to clean up the Reynolds account in case those fucks at AML decide to do their job.
Josh: Are you sure about that?
Lockhart: Nothing on email. Move everything back on Monday... You paying attention?
Josh: Yeah, yeah, I am.
Conductor: Tickets?
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox fanfare is silent and the logo fades out early. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Tulip Fever (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

"Augen auf'
Written by Robert Flux, Dero Goi, Crap, Oliver Woidt, Maik Straatmann, Marek Vejvoda
Performed by Oomph!
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Love that dirty water
7 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. It might seem peculiar for the director of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, The Lone Ranger, and the Oscar winning animated Rango to be the driving force behind an atmospheric Gothic mystery-thriller, but Gore Verbinski seems to ignore any attempt to generalize or label his films. In fact, this latest film (written with Justin Haythe) attempts to challenge genre conventions by cloaking us in familiar themes and expecting us to be surprised by the late twist.

Dane DeHaan has established himself as an actor with no boundaries. He has played characters as diverse as James Dean in LIFE, and Cricket in LAWLESS. This time he dons a business suit as Lockhart, an ambitious, young, morally flexible, workaholic financial hotshot. By bending a few FCC regs, Lockhart has maneuvered himself into a plush corner office on Wall Street, and is now strong-armed by senior management into taking on the less-than-appealing task of traveling to a "wellness spa" in Switzerland in order to bring back the CEO whose signature is necessary to complete a lucrative merger.

The cinematography of Bojan Bazelli is gorgeous throughout, and it's literally breathtaking as we view the Manhattan cityscape, and then follow Lockhart's train streaming through the Swiss Alps mountains and tunnels. These are the "wow" shots, but the camera finds beauty even once the story takes us inside the sanitarium with the dark history … and confounding present. The building's history seems somewhat sinister, but its current day secrets are every bit as creepy. What exactly is the sickness that "the cure" is treating? Why does no one ever leave? What's with the eels? What's with the water? Why are teeth falling out? Why are the townfolks so off-put by those on the hill? What answers do the puzzles bring? SHUTTER ISLAND offers the most obvious comparison with its similar tone and atmosphere, but others that come to mind include THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, and especially, Hitchock's REBECCA. Verbinski makes marvelous use of sound throughout – whether it's Lockhart's creaking crutches, the squeak of doors, the drip of ever-present water, or the metallic whir of machines. The look, sound, and feel create the tension necessary to prevent viewers from ever really relaxing, even if we wish the movie wasn't so darn long.

Filmed at Castle Hohenzollern in Germany, it's a perfect example of how on filming on location adds an element that no soundstage can hope to achieve. Support work comes from some familiar faces like Jason Isaacs as Dr. Volmer, Celia Imrie, Carl Lumbly, Ivo Nandi, Harry Groener, and Adrian Schiller. However, it's Mia Goth (Everest, 2015) who has the biggest impact on screen outside of DeHaan. Her unusual look and slightly-off mannerisms are perfect for the role of Hannah, who is so crucial to the twist.

Spanning two-and-a-half hours, the film abruptly flies off the rails in the final 15 minutes. It acts as a release for the stress it has caused, and as a reminder that director Verbinski likes to have fun with his films. It's quite possible that the film will struggle initially to find an audience, but later find success as a cult favorite and/or midnight movie. Whether you deem it silly or creepy, love it or hate it, you'll likely appreciate the look of the film and the creative surge of Verbinski. At a minimum, it will generate some talk about Big Pharma and how we seem to always be searching for a "cure" of the latest societal ailment … or you may just have nightmares about eels in your bathtub!


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