The patients are given rejuvenation from time to time to stall the effects of drinking the toxic water but eventually the … Maybe the meaning of life is deeper than everlasting life. #DaneDehaan, "A man cannot unsee the truth. AND THEN HE GRINS OMINOUSLY DOWN THE BARREL OF THE CAMERA. She lived after being drowned because her mother was drinking the elixir while pregnant. This makes sense, but I’m not sure, it is really matching. Is the movie worth your seeing it? I don’t know… what do you think the meaning of the last 30 seconds of the movie are? Due to the length of time Hannah has been consuming the elixir, it is almost as though she has just as much power as the eels and is able to repel them as seen in the water when she first gets her period. When Lockhart meets Hannah she seems young, and yet mature simultaneously. Just watched the movie for the first time – experienced the whole thing as a monumental, layered, dark fairy tale. (from The OA) :). (First, I apologize for bad English, I’m French). My father-in-law has a home there and have been lucky enough to get to stay there a couple of times. Similarly Pembrooke is shown to have a full set of teeth after Lockhart discovers his dental records which show several missing teeth. She’s pregnant. He was once a deceptive, evil person. Its idea might be as grand as the castle that becomes the site of its narrative, but its plot doesn’t flow with the same fluidity as the water that acts as its central theme. A Cure For Wellness was one of the very first movies I put out on that list as it had everything I adore in a movie. At first, the ending of the movie confused the heck out of me. (If you don’t, please tell me your trick, because I want to know all about it.) Worse yet? on your mobile device, you’ll also find those light bulbs at the bottom of each post if you are interested in finding out what movies I am most excited about. Yet his grin was a full set of 32. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. He used faces taken from patients to change his identity and cover his scarred and burned face over the centuries which healed because he was using the elixir. All the young people with old souls got together to celebrate their master’s success with everything. Like seriously, 2 and a half hours? My first theory here is lame. Can I get an amen? The Baron wanted to keep his bloodline pure so he married his sister to have a baby with. He now has the cure (which is eternal life) hence creepy smile. I was looking forward to this movie the moment I laid eyes on the trailer which was impressive. Directed by Gore Verbinski. A scene near the end that also stands out to me is Volmer demanding of Lockhart “Have you ever loved anything in your life.” As justification for his heinous actions. But when he arrives, visiting hours are over, and every attempt to even find Pembroke is rebuffed. No, wait. But it isn’t until Lockhart is caught and put into the iron lung contraption that we start to get a clue as to what is happening here at the sanitarium. What if during that sequence, Lockhart’s life force is drained and his vessel is emptied allowing Pembroke to transfer his life force or energy into Lockhart’s young body? So when my family went away for the weekend and left me to my own devices, I don’t think they were gone more than 15 minutes before I was figuring out when the earliest showing was. I don’t know if someone suggested it already, but I think Lockhart died dried out by eels in the dessication machines but Valmer made a mask with his skin and impersonated him for the rest of the movie (hence the fact he had all his teeth). Although I did see how Lockhart’s view towards life and death changed greatly – at the beginning of the movie, he carelessly threw away the office’s dead goldfish into the wastebasket – and at the end, he was deeply aware of and concerned about life and death… Oh – something that was very exciting to me – Dr. Volmer was HAP! Lionel, I went and re-watched the first 8 minutes or so of the movie. I know – if you enjoyed the Keanu Reeves version of Brahm Stoker’s Dracula… then I think it’s safe to say you’d like A Cure For Wellness. Totally confusing, I hope they make a sequel or come out and answer it cause it’s bugging the crap out of me. I definitly don’t get it. I agree that Lockhart is Hannah’s brother. #ACureForWellness. Lame lame lame. With being such a strange film, this video by FoundFlix his a handy guide to events from this horror film.Tell us what you thought of this video, made me want to rewatch the movie. You love it. Anyway, as I do here, I would like to discuss, dismantle, explain, the movie A Cure For Wellness. Volmer, intent on creating his heir that he has waited for for the past 200 years, ties up Hannah and is ready to impregnate her. As they are in a state of hallucination, they are easily swayed. To get Pembroke out. Showing all 5 items Jump to: Summaries (4) Synopsis (1) Summaries. Volmer does have a full time dentist/torturer on hand after all. Since they both leave with ‘eels’ inside if them, it is not far fetched that since the mad doctor was consumed by eels, that his persona and wishes were also integrated into the eels 7th senses- and shared with those infected and hosting eels (note the zombie like connection of the patients to do the perverts will). There’s also something wrong with the treatments that the patients are getting… but what is it? Question: Jacob Martin didn’t go back in the version I saw? And surrounded him. We need to wake up from this life, and realize that there is something more that we are missing. But I doubt it. She died because they cut her open and burned her at the stake. to make the magic immortality serum. He’s sent them a letter from a spa in Switzerland espousing just absolutely bonkers enlightenment craziness. Lockhart had been wondering what these machines were for, but now he gets to see. Don't subscribe Thanks for the information. What I didn't like about this film was its run time. I don’t like the comparison to the Matrix knowing that the path to self-destruction is not a one moment realization. Before the events in the film the Baron lived in a castle right where the wellness centre now sits. We’ve reached the juncture of this review where it’s wise to cease giving away plot details. (#2’d their way out?). First off, I enjoyed this movie immensely. Just watched it and was a little confused. Rising like the bile that leaves that bitter taste at the back of our throats. Want a spot writing guest reviews? Intrinsically we all know that this world lies to us. And not only that, but Hannah is Volmer’s own daughter. So that plus the fact the aging lady at the sanatorium saying :”she didn’t know”(about the baroness). The armchair quarterbacks are relentless. Hahaha. Could you explain? Sorry, “A Cure For Wellness.”. The water given to patients has microscopic baby eels who gain immortality from being in the water. Lockhart is ambitious. And that Volmer’s trying to have a “pure” bloodline by eventually procreating with his daughter. That was all. But what is this? #ACureForWellness #Dane DeHaan #Jason Isaacs #Mia Goth. There is the 9 to 5 job. Ok, Lockhart was never a hero in this sense, in a way, it’s refreshing to have a unsympathic character as lead. The Fight Club seems to me more realistic. hahahah. If you look back at the sequence with Lockhart, when he is put in the tube and force-fed eels, he is positioned directly next to Pembroke who is overly happy and says he has never felt better. I agree with you 100% Taher! I can compare the feeling of it to the film It Comes at Night (2017) in the way that after watching it, I felt deflated. Answer: Jacob Martin was shown in a ballroom which was not in present times. He also knows how to utilise it to get what he wants. He realized that the Cure was anything but a cure. Sort of a confrontation. Every conversation with patients playing croquet, or chatting on the veranda, seems to indicate that all is not right here. 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 mom said her son wasn’t coming back, how could she know that.. and the visions? The entire movie feels like it is jerry-rigged from different films that can’t seem to fit together well but I suppose it worked, we are all talking about . Going back to a multi billion dollar company with ties to industry all over the world just might make him top dog. Which, apparently, was a fairly important day to Volmer. To me, it is reminiscent of Wendy from Peter Pan; kind of an ode to never growing up. Please check other countries on the site JustWatchIt.com. Perhaps it was because the way Hannah was conceived. Maybe he reverted back to old tricks thinking water was life? It’s as if the devices squeeze the life out of the test subjects and drips it into containers for others to consume and receive long as a result. A Cure for Wellness boasts a surfeit of visual style, but it's wasted on a derivative and predictable story whose twists, turns, and frights have all been more effectively dealt before. Hannah’s last unsure look reminded me a bit of the ending scene in “The Graduate”. The elixir made her age at the speed of a snail and survive being thrown into the water after being cut from the womb. Lockhart didn't die from being given the grown eels as his body was still strong. The palace burns, and all are elderly again amid the chaos. And so Lockhart (Dane Dehaan) heads to Switzerland. Anyone else think the “doctor” was cloning his victims as a cover up for their awful deaths? Not only is it rebuffed, but every attempt by Lockhart serves to pull him deeper and deeper into the strange things going on at this “spa”. And what is really going on in these treatments? Also, pembrooke’s clone seemed to have teeth, whereas oembrooke had lost most of his teeth earlier in the film. Enough! Further, all the executives at the company might have been in on the whole thing, constantly going to the spa to get a new young body and start over in the company. Half way through he realized what he was doing and he ripped it up. Lockhart, realizing that Volmer was onto something, takes Hannah with the intent of continuing on the life everlasting tradition. The patients are being drained over time (their sweat.) Big Blockbusters often hit their target with numbers, but how about the ride? Required fields are marked *. Several times Pembroke assures Lockhart he won’t be coming back. Wellness centres are actually a thing and people exploit the human condition. Only glitch? Then they tie the Baroness to a stake, burn her and cut out her baby and throw it in the water. And when Lockhart/Pembroke crashed into the car at the end on the bicycle, the first thing his boss says is “What have you done?” Not asking if he is alright or what he is doing on the road at such a late hour. The ballerina music box is obviously Hannah. Movie Whisperer (author) from Moreton Bay, Queensland on November 18, 2018: Hi Amy, thanks for the question. There are a couple of images from A Cure for Wellness that have persisted despite how impenetrable its posters and trailers proved to be. That’s what I’ve been trying to find out. I also think this is the reason the patients attacked Lockhart in the dining room. It’s driving me crazy!! They tell us that to be comfortable is to know the meaning of life. And I'm about to spill all the spa's secrets, so look out for major spoilers below . Awfully but it’s horror film. Please tell me if you disagree. Do yourself a favor and give it a go, even if it is extremely long. I think the Lockhart we see in the end is a clone. The first being the incredibly youthful and weird orderlies and nurses in the clinic. Starring Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs and Mia Goth, the plot follows a young executive who is sent to retrieve a colleague from a mysterious rehabilitation center in the Swiss Alps. All hahaha. Spoilers ahead for A Cure for Wellness. The isolation chamber is a unique form of hell that will purge the chaos and ills of this world from his soul. Eventually we learn that Hannah is the Baroness’ daughter. Pretty, pretty pictures but also not required. I believe Lockhart (in the end) was a clone, and not actually the same Lockhart we watched from the beginning. But what about that grin? So if you haven’t seen it yet. A human goes in, and out comes oil. Another detail that leads me to believe my “awful “theory is the flashes of deathly throws of Lockhart mother, which included the scene of the evil hospital. They all acted just as weird as the tooth-decaying old folks there seeking “treatment.” The tube machines drained the life essence from the old and then everybody put the life essence on their tongue as liquid vitamins and got to live forever. Your email address will not be published. The smiles at the end both Hanna’s and Lockhart’s were to express freedom for Hanna and Lockhart’s a big f’ you to his former bosses. “I would like you to go to Switzerland and bring Mr. Pembroke back to us.” And with that, I introduce to you, Brahm Stoker’s Dracula. Agreed! Out of all the ending scene theories it doesn’t seem like Theory 3 is plausible. The real cure for wellness is not eternal life but the retelling of our childhood. Where did I miss it? I believe that the grin was Lockhart’s eel brainwash. The Baron realized there was something magical here. Is Volmers' sister who he married to keep the family heritage in line. The larger question for me is – are you, are they, comfortable living eternally while harvesting the souls of others. Lockhart has dreams about them, he hallucinates (or maybe not) being attacked by a swarm of them while floating in a sensory-depravation tank, and he even has a vision of Hannah reclining naked in a bathtub full of them. Now Pembroke has decades of wisdom and an energetic, responsive body. Even though his leg is broken, and he should have other things on his mind instead… like survival. Dried up corpses begin to appear and get discovered by the villagers who know that the Baron has something to do with it. But in the middle of said cooking, they begin looking into a merger that will make them all richer than the dreams of avarice. I think the eels didn’t attack Hannah in the pool because somehow they “knew” that they weren’t supposed to. My hope each day is the latter. Immortality is nothing if you are unable to take your new knowledge back and use it with your younger self. A sort of Allegory of the Cave (everyone is locked in a cave, watching shadows from a fire that is behind them, and they think that the shadows are reality… but the philosopher comes and wakens everyone to the fact that they were in bondage and need to leave the cave and wake up. And it was Baron Volmer’s secret experiments that helped to distill a potion or vitamin water or whatever you want to call it, which came from the Iron Long-esque devices. Like I said, the basic plot line for this movie is simple enough. (Think of the similar transference that is taking place in the movie Get Out. Well, Lockhart begins finding out first hand as the treatments start for him. He seems also a bit like a naughty little boy to me. A Cure for Wellness will be released in theaters on Friday (Feb.17) via Twentieth Century Fox. I don’t know. Thanks for sharing your view. But Hannah lodges a shovel in Volmer’s head and then he falls into the tank. And quite literally, it is the most majestic scenery I’ve ever experienced. But it isn’t until Lockhart’s car crashes into a tree, and Lockhart finds himself admitted at last, do things really start coming off the rails. Clearly the teeth are dentures. The eels.. have a 7th sense about them, communicating within and without humans during the movie. Eventually, the body breaks down and they are dumped back into the aquifer. The beginning greatly informs the end. Find trailers, reviews, synopsis, awards and cast information for A Cure for Wellness (2016) - Gore Verbinski on AllMovie - A young executive (Dane DeHaan) must travel to an… Was Lockhart hallucinating about escaping? Lockhart has the key to eternal life and knows how the filtration process works. Those powers? It’s not because of the bloodline, because Volmer himself got devoured by the eels at the end. But… HOW?! Maybe?!? Lastly, the eels were like a tapeworm inside the body forcing the dehydration and once they were in the chambers they were dehydrated and steamed up to produce this sweat that became the elixir, however how did the eels leave once pumped into the stomach? I felt like the distributors had tricked me into watching it with their dark and ominous posters and trailers that made you think it was about one thing but it was really about another. He cannot willingly return to darkness or go blind once he has the gift of sight any more than he can be unborn. MP: Vollmer was never shown to have such powers. Like Clouds of Sils, I was just transfixed every time Gore Verbinski showed us the mountains around the castle. The water in the aquifer causes visions, dehydration and compliance in those that consume it. That Lockhart is actually Hannah’s brother. As directed by Gore Verbinski ("Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," "The Lone Ranger"), this film about a New York financial wiz (Dane DeHaan) getting trapped in a creepy Swiss clinic wants to be sickly-dreamy horror epic. Perhaps as someone said, Lockhart and Hannah have something more in common. experience. ‘A Cure for Wellness’ is, by no means, a perfect film. 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