A Cure for Wellness (2016) Movie Review

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A Cure for Wellness (2016)

2016 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Fantasy
146 minutes / 2h 26min

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A Cure for Wellness Plot Synopsis:

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.

A Cure for Wellness (2016) Review

A Cure for Wellness (2016) is a 146 min psychological mystery horror thriller film that was shot in Baden-Württemberg, Germany; Brandenburg, Germany and Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), Rango (2011)) has brought us another incredible feature. I admire Gore Verbinski for exploring one thing that we cannot escape, and that is our mortality, and he explored it in such a grand way which made it into an epic horror movie that feels like something we have not seen before. The film contains sexual content, graphic nudity, disturbing violence, bad language, suspense, sexual violence, sexual assault, therapeutic institute, darkness, blood, and supernatural.

A Cure for Wellness revolves around young executive Lockhart (Dane DeHaan - Chronicle (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Lawless (2012), Kill Your Darlings (2013)) who was sent to retrieve someone from a mysterious rehabilitation center in the Swiss Alps, Switzerland. Lockhart works for a financial trading company, and he was ordered to get Pembroke who went into seclusion after visiting the rehabilitation center/wellness center in the mountains. Pembroke (Harry Groener - About Schmidt (2002), Dear John (1988-1991), Road to Perdition (2002), Patch Adams (1998)) is one of the head persons for the financial company.

The Wellness Center is recognized for its water healing powers, and a lot of old, wealthy executives goes there after they have reached the limit with their careers and decided to spend the rest of their days in the center. Little that do the old businessmen know, their days at the center is numbered. Lockhart tried his best to convince Pembroke to go back to the States with him but Pembroke refuses, and Lockhart attempts to leave the facility, but as we all know, once you enter, you cannot leave.

I must admit that I did not know what was going on sometimes as I was totally lost. I did not like the second act because it was boring for about 20 minutes while we see Lockhart trying to get a hold on it and needless to say there was no progression of the story, so the "filler" was not needed. The last thirty minutes or so is worth it for those who might be running out of patience while viewing this film, sit tight and wait for the ending because you will be amazed. Viewers will be treated to an exceptional insanity ride during the third act as it is truly amazing. A Cure for Wellness was a bit overwhelming at times, but this movie was more than I ever imagined it to be and is something that I would love to revisit before (2018).

  • A Cure for Wellness Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 5.74
  • IMDB: 6.4
  • MetaCritic: 4.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 4.1

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About A Cure for Wellness 2016

Title: A Cure for Wellness
Year: 2016
Runtime: 146 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Fantasy
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.87/5 stars from 65,382 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 65,382
MPAA Rating: R
A Cure for Wellness Cast Starring: Johnny Otto, Jason Isaacs, Dane DeHaan, Celia Imrie, Alexander Yassin, Rebecca Street, Chris Theisinger, Harry Groener, Jeff Burrell, Ivo Nandi, Matt Lindquist, Adrian Schiller, Susanne Wuest, Bert Tischendorf, Hanna Wollschlaeger, Ashok Mandanna, Douglas Hamilton, Jef Bayonne, Annette Lober, Luzie Scheuritzel, Klaus Burckhardt, Mia Goth, Andreas Dobberkau, Natascha Lawiszus, Helmut Boelling, Daniel Michel, Jason Babinsky, Christian Brauer, Sophie Charlotte Conrad, Renate Prack
A Cure for Wellness Writers: Justin Haythe, Gore Verbinski
A Cure for Wellness Director: Gore Verbinski
Box Office: $8,103,139
Production: 20th Century Fox
Website: http://www.acureforwellness.com
Language: English, German
Country: USA, Germany