Gore Verbinski's "A Cure For Wellness" is the kind of film that the less said the more you will "enjoy" it. I think it's a messy, at times entertaining, but convoluted romp that leaves you with a what-in-the-flying-fuck-was-that kind of feeling. I don't think I can reccomend the film , but there are enough abnormalities here that could satisfy curiosity seekers. First off, this a 145 minute movie. I can't recall the last time I saw a big studio film released in February that was stretching well over the two and a half hour mark. That lengthy running time is a box-office kiss of death for most films that are not sequels or superhero fare. Second of all, the budget seems to be well over $50 Million dollars, although my research has yet to pinpoint an exact number, and it could even be closer to $100 Million. A budget that high for an R-rated February release is abnormal, which tells me that Verbinski, not just a succesful director, but a succesful producer, probably put forth some of his own money to make this film. Thirdly, the story is not at all audience-friendly. It's strange, goes places that even I found extremely odd and out of place.
How did this film get greenlit? It is the defintion of a non-starter, a film that doesn't really fit any kind of demographic. It takes risks that most big-studio productions would duck under, but fails more than succeeds in its artistic intentions. It is bound to lose a lot of money.