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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lockhart
... Volmer
... Hannah
... Enrico
... Deputy Director
... Victoria Watkins
... Pembroke
... Frank Hill
Ashok Mandanna ... Ron Nair
... Pieter the Vet
Peter Benedict ... Constable
... Bartender
... Mrs. Abramov
... Morris
... Hank Green
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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. See more »


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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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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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Originally, Hans Zimmer was attached to compose the music for this film but he dropped out to focus on Dunkirk (2017). He was replaced by Benjamin Wallfisch. See more »

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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 »

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

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References RoboCop (1987) See more »

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Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21: II. Andante Cantabile Con Moto
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Josef Krips
Courtesy of Countdown Media
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Acquired taste
8 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

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.


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