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5.3
/10
643 Ratings

A Cure for Wellness

Directed by Gore Verbinski
United States, 2016
Thriller, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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 but soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem.

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A Cure for Wellness Directed by Gore Verbinski

Awards & Festivals

Fright Meter Awards

2018 | 2 nominations including: Best Score

2018 | Winner: Best Cinematography

A kind of baroque classical nightmare, it’s too sturdy, busy and sure of itself to be much of a horror film. Nor does it mean to be. It wears the gown of horror, sings the tune, but its ambition is only to show off the horror imagery in service of a search for something else. A sort of beginning. It makes no bigger a meal of its reversals and clues than is required. Verbinski knows the mystery of the images is what draws the curious into the theatre, not any promise of a finished Rubix cube.
February 23, 2017
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Justin Haythe’s script draws narrative inspiration from Thomas Mann’s 1924 novel, The Magic Mountain, as well as visual and thematic ideas carried over from Verbinski’s other films, from the aquatic imagery of the Pirates series and The Ring, to his underlying (and maybe even unhealthy) obsession with Chinatown. Polanski’s classic was paid affectionate, if incongruous, homage in Verbinski’s animated Western Rango, but its influence manifests here in a much darker and more diabolical way.
February 20, 2017
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It’s difficult to separate the inert, interminable 146-minute end product… from the PR, specifically the “visionary” label affixed to Verbinski. Make no mistake, there are “visions” here, but they’re of the hollowest sort—pretty pictures, some interesting in broad-stroke conception, that are nonetheless leeched of those intangible qualities that would lend them genuine grandeur and thematic heft.
February 17, 2017
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