Stonehearst Asylum (3 Stars)

The film centres on Dr. Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) who has travelled to his first appointment as a Doctor, in the remote and gothic looking Stone Asylum. There Newgate meets a seemingly strange bunch of people, later to be the groundskeeper (David Thewlis)  who greets him with a gun. Later, Newgate meets the Doctor in charge, Dr. Silas Lamb (Ben Kingsley) who seems more concerned about making his patients happy and comfortable…and often indulging in their fantasies over treating them…a very unusual practise for 1899. Dr. Silas Lamb even has a woman, Lady Graves (Kate Beckinsale), who seems completely normal though he refuses to label her as sane, to seemingly protect her from her husband. Is Dr. Lamb a very caring doctor in an age when medicine is particularly barbaric to the patient’s care or is there something more than meets the eye?

The film boasts a good cast, which makes me suspicious of my why I’ve not heard of the film before. I randomly stumbled across it on Netflix but you can also get it on Amazon. I guess it came out whilst I was in Austria for an extended period and thus did not keep up to date with films, anyway…the film might be relatively obscure because it’s an average film, although I do enjoy a period drama. If you like the Illusionist then I recommend watching this one.


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