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After his success on bigger movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean and The Ring, Gore Verbinski returns behind the camera to bring us A Cure For Wellness, a project that the director helped to create with writer Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road). You can read Stefan Pape’s review of the film here.
The film follows Lockhart (DeHaan), a Wall Street stockbroker who travels to the Swiss Alps to find his company’s CEO from a medical centre that is surrounded in mystery and soon he begins to suspect that not everything is what it seems. For Verbinski, who co-wrote the story, it was the traditional nature of the horror genre that excited him with the project rather than going for “jump scares”:
“I’m a fan of the genre but these days we tend to distill horror into a series of scares that have to »
- Scott Davis
“The Great Wall” (Universal) fared best among the three new original debuts this week. But at $18 million, it fell short of what was needed to boost this very expensive Chinese production aimed at international markets (while making American audiences see it as nothing out of the ordinary).
Even so, it did better than the disappointing Ice Cube comedy “Fist Fight” (Warner Bros.) or Gore Verbinski’s disastrous “A Cure for Wellness” (20th Century Fox), which barely made the Top 10. But any heft came from decent holdovers from last weekend’s unprecedented trio of $30 million+ openers.
That’s the good news. The bad is this is a Top Ten that compares miserably with 2016, and represents a further decline in year-to-date totals. Even if they aren’t in actual free fall, they’re showing serious weakness.
The Top Ten
(all estimates for the three-day weekend; with school holiday Monday, the order will »
- Tom Brueggemann
Director Gore Verbinski has crafted quite an interesting career. After striking genre gold with the remake of the Japanese horror film Ringu, orchestrating one of Disney’s most successful franchises with Pirates of the Caribbean, and continuing his collaboration with Johnny Depp on the animated film Rango and the reboot of The Lone Ranger, Verbinski was poised to do whatever he wanted to do with his next film, and it doesn’t take long to realize this quality in the director’s new film, A Cure for Wellness.
For nearly two and a half hours, Verbinski compiles a beautiful, confounding, and chaotic medley of his favorite and most influential film scenes recreated. One moment you are whisked away on a train ride through the Swiss Alps in a moment of stunning scenery, the next you are offered images of unnerving and repulsive situations. It’s undeniable that Verbinski and director »
- Monte Yazzie
Gore Verbinski is a talented director who landed in movie jail with his bloated The Lone Ranger for Disney. But he hasn’t fared much better by shifting from Westerns to the horror genre with the intriguingly titled A Cure For Wellness, which at 146 minutes takes itself way too seriously while also taking its time. As I say in my video review above, even cutting 40 or 50 minutes and tightening this thing to resemble a B-horror thriller might not have made this confused… »
Simon Brew Feb 17, 2017
Director Gore Verbinski tells the story of how the plug was pulled on the film, just weeks before filming was set to begin...
A big screen adaptation of the Bioshock videogame series came painfully close to happening. Director Gore Verbinski was attached, and was close to physical production started, when Universal Pictures ultimately pulled the plug.
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Since then, Verbinski has moved on to films such as Rango and The Lone Ranger. And now he’s put together A Cure For Wellness, that lands in cinemas later this month. In a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, Verbinski was asked just what happened with the Bioshock movie, and why it fell apart. He was candid with his answer.
With Presidents’ Day, “The Great Wall” (Universal), “Fist Fight” (Universal), and “A Cure For Wellness” (20th Century Fox) each have the luxury of a four-day weekend. However, even with this advantage they could fall short of last weekend’s successful debuts.
Last week saw a trifecta of new releases gross over $30 million. And it’s likely that we’ll see the winner, “The Lego Batman Movie” (Warner Bros.), in the top spot once more. A forty percent drop would place it at $32 million over three days, more than enough to dominate a group of titles that are each likely to struggle to pass $20 million.
Among the new releases, two very different entries could be in a close race to reach the upper teens.
The edge goes to “Fist Fight,” a »
- Tom Brueggemann
“The Lego Batman Movie” will once again try to fend off “Fifty Shades Darker” as the animated spinoff works to retain its box office crown over the Presidents Day weekend holiday. The two films should make quick work of a group of newcomers — “Fist Fight,” “The Great Wall,” and “A Cure for Wellness” — that lack the firepower to pull off a coup.
Of these, “Fist Fight,” a comedy with Ice Cube and Charlie Day as feuding teachers, should be the most profitable. The New Line comedy is expected to debut to roughly $17 million over the four-day period, a solid result given its $22 million budget. The studio is being a bit more conservative, projecting an opening of approximately $15 million across 3,200 locations.
With ‘Lego Batman,’ IMAX Makes Big Commitment to Family Movies
- Brent Lang
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
The Lego Batman Movie won the weekend as expected, but not with nearly as much money as I had predicted, not besting the opening of The Lego Movie as expected, but instead ending up with a reasonable and not so bad $53 million. Fifty Shades Darker proved that the audience for movies based on the popular books was still great enough for it to win Friday with $21 million (to Lego Batman’s $15 million) and end up second for the weekend with a strong $46.6 million. That was still almost $40 million less than the opening of the previous movie Fifty Shades of Grey, but the sequel also didn’t have the benefits of Valentine’s Day and a four-day holiday. Coming in »
- Edward Douglas
A functionary is sent by his firm to do business at a remote mountain castle, and he soon finds himself in over his head. This plot set-up makes for a snappy opening to “Dracula,” but it’s decidedly less effective in “A Cure for Wellness,” an atmospheric but overlong horror film about the nefarious goings-on behind the scenes at a chic, exclusive spa. It will come as no surprise that Gore Verbinski, the director behind “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and “The Lone Ranger,” continues to lack all sense of proportion. But even when working with an original story. »
- Alonso Duralde
Common is currently participating in interviews for the now released John Wick: Chapter 2 [you can read my review here], and as us to be expected the actor is fielding a number of superhero related questions. Specifically, Yahoo Movies asked about his casting as Green Lantern in Mad Max creator George Miller’s unfortunately canned Justice League Mortal project.
“Yeah, I was cast and we started rehearsals for the film,” said the actor/rapper. “I went to Australia. I tried on the outfit and everything. It was heartbreaking, but it happened. The script was super-dope. It was intricate. And knowing George Miller was going to do it, you knew it was going to have that raw edge. But it had Superman, Aquaman, it had all of the characters really involved. Each one of them had moments and you got to know them. It was a strong piece.”
- Robert Kojder
“Everybody in this room has already won,” added her cohost John Cho. “This isn’t like the ‘other’ Oscars. By the end of the night, 80% of that room is losers.”
“The Academy cares so much about you, you get your own private evening,” Cho joked to the ballroom full of engineers and scientists. “Where are the celebrities?” he asked rhetorically. “We didn’t invite them!”
By night’s end, 34 individuals and five companies received recognition at the Sci-Tech Awards. There were no unhappy losers, just many happy winners.
Technical Achievement Awards were given to achivements in many fields, from advancements in animated horse design (seen in such films as “The Lone Ranger” and “The Revenant”) to the invention of the Meander digital drawing system »
- Lawrence Yee
Director Gore Verbinski has spent a long time making very expensive studio blockbusters, including three Pirates of the Caribbean movies and the disastrous reboot of The Lone Ranger. However, he did direct the most successful horror remake of all-time with The Ring and it is easy to forget that this man knows how to tackle a genre flick. With A Cure for Wellness, he is once again let loose on the horror/thriller genre and for better or for worse, he seemed to be totally unconstrained. This has resulted in an absolutely crazy, unhinged, unsettling and surely divisive movie. It is probably the most off-the-rails crazy, mainstream studio movie audiences are going to have the chance to see all year.
20th Century Fox's latest centers on an ambitious young finance executive who is sent to bring back his company's CEO from a very mysterious and remote "wellness center" in the Swiss Alps. »
Everybody’s sick with something in “A Cure for Wellness,” be it vanity or avarice or envy, though it’s clear that whatever regimen the mysterious Dr. Volmer has devised isn’t helping one bit with their recovery. As played by Jason Isaacs, who hovers about the movie’s ominous Swiss sanitarium, Dr. Volmer comes across like a character straight out of a classic American International Pictures horror show, and that’s precisely the vibe director Gore Verbinksi appears to be going for in a movie that, while creepy, won’t do much to dig him out of the hole he made for himself with “The Lone Ranger.”
Unfortunately, it feels as if Verbinski has failed to grasp the most important lessons of that misstep, delivering once again an extravagant B-movie homage that is longer, darker, and more unwieldy than the genre demands, while failing to produce a character that »
- Peter Debruge
Spending most of the past decade in blockbuster land, helming two “Pirates Of The Caribbean” movies and “The Lone Ranger,” director Gore Verbinski has used his opportunities outside branded entertainment to let his freak flag fly. “Rango” was a delightfully strange animated western led by a Johnny Depp-voiced chameleon, and now comes “A Cure For Wellness,” a richly designed, indulgently overlong horror/thriller that works very hard to construct a wildly weird world.
Continue reading ‘A Cure For Wellness’ Is Never As Wildly Weird As It Wants To Be [Review] at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
7 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The only possible cure for A Cure for Wellness would have been for the horror film maestro Val Lewton to have been summoned from the grave to chop it down to no more than 79 minutes. And maybe not even then.... Over-produced and under-thought-out, this unconscionably elaborate attempt at an old-fashioned Gothic thriller looks great but is beyond silly. And for those who haven't tuned out or walked out before the film staggers to a close after nearly two-and-a-half hours, the payoff offers absolutely nothing in the way of genre pleasures or thematic resonance. After The Lone Ranger »
- Todd McCarthy
A sick film for sick people, Gore Verbinski’s “A Cure for Wellness” is the strangest movie that a major studio has released since 2014’s “Inherent Vice” (a Thomas Pynchon adaptation that only got the green light because everybody wants to be in the Paul Thomas Anderson business, even though that business hasn’t been profitable in a very long time). A thick, festering chunk of psychological horror that feels like a full-bodied Guillermo del Toro remake of “Shutter Island,” this woozy 146-minute nightmare does for workaholics what Val Lewton did for cat people, and it does so in ridiculous style. It isn’t particularly smart, but a Hollywood product this screwy doesn’t really have to be — even at its most half-baked, “A Cure for Wellness” is still a thrilling reminder of what can happen in the increasingly rare instance when a visionary filmmaker is given serious cash without »
- David Ehrlich
Ahead of its Us release next month, a trailer has arrived online for Geoffrey Orthwein and Andrew Sullivan’s upcoming sci-fi drama Bokeh which stars Maika Monroe and Matt O’Leary; take a look below after the official synopsis…
When a flash of light shoots across the sky on their romantic, Iceland vacation, Jenai (Maika Monroe) and Riley (Matt O’Leary) wake up to discover every person on earth has disappeared. Their struggle to survive and to reconcile the mysterious event lead them to reconsider everything they know about themselves and the world.
Bokeh, a science fiction drama, stars Maika Monroe (It Follows, The Guest, Labor Day) and Matt O’Leary (Eden, The Lone Ranger, Brick). Shot entirely in Iceland, this meditative, delicate fable is about the values of life and living. The couple in this story are forced to think about the brevity of life on the planet and »
- Amie Cranswick
Last night, the Super Bowl featured an intense matchup between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, ending with a Patriots comeback in overtime after they were down by 18 points at the half. The television event also featured a host of funny, compelling commercials, including a few for upcoming films, like Gore Verbinski’s new horror film “A Cure for Wellness.” The Super Bowl trailer poses as a normal commercial for some unknown “wellness cure” before suddenly taking a scary turn. Watch the spot entitled “Take The Cure” below, featuring a host of abnormal side effects such as skin eruptions, severe hallucinations and murderous rage.
- Vikram Murthi
Super Bowl Sunday is here, and while most are tuning in to watch the actual game between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, others are tuning in for all of the Super Bowl ads. Many film studios are using the big game to debut new trailers for their upcoming movies, with 20th Century Fox debuting a new trailer for their upcoming thriller A Cure For Wellness. This trailer features new footage, getting fans ready for this creepy thriller that hits theaters in just a few weeks.
Dane DeHaan stars in this cerebral thriller from 20th Century Fox as an ambitious young executive who 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, »
Director Gore Verbinski‘s last four films are gigantic popcorn movies. Rango, the Pirates of the Carribean sequels, and The Lone Ranger are enormous in scope. With A Cure for Wellness, the director is scaling things back a bit, sticking with mostly one location: one messed up, horrific, and beautifully designed spa. Below, watch A Cure for Wellness Super Bowl spot. Dane DeHaan (Kill Your […]
- Jack Giroux
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