Stonehearst Asylum

Stonehearst Asylum

Brad Anderson (2014)

108min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
An isolated lunatic asylum is the setting for this gothic, twist-laden mystery thriller. Set in 1899, it begins with the arrival of medical school graduate Edward (Jim Sturgess) who is looking to gain some clinical experience. Following a quick tour, he is introduced to the resident superintendent (Ben Kingsley), a man whose methods are extremely unorthodox. Before long, however, Edward discovers that his "superior" and the other employees aren't actually members of staff - they're mental patients who have managed to seize control of the institution. This discovery ensures that Kingsley gets plenty of screen time, which is good for the film since he elevates each and every scene he appears in. Unfortunately, though, despite the presence of Kate Beckinsale as Eliza Graves - the inmate who doesn't deserve to be there - the tone is uneven and the various plot twists aren't as effective as they need to be, resulting in an underwhelming experience that fails to live up to its early promise.

Summary

Premiere. A new apprentice at a lunatic asylum is intrigued by the unusual methods of the doctor in charge. He realises too late that the doctor is actually a patient who has taken over with the intent of establishing his own form of society - a plan that leads to chaos. Gothic horror based on Edgar Allen Poe's short story Eliza Graves, starring Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, David Thewlis and Michael Caine.

Cast & Crew

Eliza Graves Kate Beckinsale
Edward Newgate Jim Sturgess
Dr Lamb Ben Kingsley
Dr Salt Michael Caine
Alienist Brendan Gleeson
Mickey Finn David Thewlis
Swanwick Jason Flemyng
Paxton Christopher Fulford
Millie Sophie Kennedy Clark
Mrs Pike Sinead Cusack
Mr Graves / One Eye Edmund Kingsley
Director Brad Anderson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: ViolenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Apr 2015
Drama