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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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Lockhart
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Volmer
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Hannah
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Enrico
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Victoria Watkins
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Pembroke
Tomas Norström ...
Frank Hill
Ashok Mandanna ...
Ron Nair
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Pieter The Vet
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Michael Mendl ...
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Mrs. Abramov
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Morris
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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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Rated R for disturbing violent content and images, sexual content including an assault, graphic nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,004,463 (USA) (17 February 2017)

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$8,103,139 (USA) (17 March 2017)
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Although the story takes place in Switzerland, the film was entirely shot in Germany. See more »

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After the car strikes the deer, it careens down the hillside. The following scene shows the car along the side of the road. See more »

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Volmer: Do you know what the cure for the human condition is? Disease. Because that's the only way one could hope for a cure.
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Ich Wollt Nur Deine Stimme Hörn
Written by Michael Herberger, Michael Klimas, Xavier Naidoo, Tino Öchsler
Performed by Söhne Mannheims
Courtesy of Söhne Mannheims GmbH
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Destined for cult status
2 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.


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