Young doctor Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) arrives
Stonehearst Asylum in search of an apprenticeship where he is welcomed by Dr.
Lamb (Ben Kingsley) and mesmerized by patient Eliza Graves (Kate Beckinsale)
who goes into seizure by human touch, but soon Edward finds out not all is
right at the asylum and the patients have taken over. He finds the people claiming
to be the
staffed to be locked up in the basement including Dr. Salt (Michael Caine).
Edward is told to escape by Eliza (who is great
as Eliza) and Dr. Salt tells him to get help, but he soon learns if giving the
asylum back to the staff will be better for the patients and worth destroying
the so-called utopia that lamb has set up for the patients.
STONEHEARST ASYLUM is a well written tale (inspired
tale by Edgar Allen Poe) with a few good twists that keep on coming until the
very end. The cast is top notch and the
production design helps sell how rough it was for patients in institutions over
a century ago. Michael Caine is great
as the imprisoned asylum superintendent that you want to see free, but you
don’t approve of his methods to treat his patients. Also you want to understand
Dr, Lamb and hope
for his better methods while wanting to see where the relationship between
Edward and Eliza will go.
The making-of featurette is a 5 ½ minute promo
has interviews with cast and crew.
Previews included on the disc are STONEHEARST
AUTOMATA, THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN, ARE
YOU HERE, and FADING GIGOLO
STONEHEARST ASYLUM is a well written thriller with twists and a great
cast that is at least worth a rental.
This review is ©12-18-2014
David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments
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