This is not a horror film. To say more would spoil the surprise(s).
Instead, know that Stonehearst Asylum is frequently fantastic, utterly assured, and fully committed to pulling one genre switcheroo after another.
A gorgeous, convincing aesthetic adds to Thewlis, Kingsley and Beckinsale gamely chewing everything in sight (with the latter, especially, seeming like a stiff breeze would cause her to shatter), meaning it’s never been so sensible to love madness.
It’s only Sturgess’ protagonist who occasionally lets the side down – the result of dialogue that serves to slow proceedings rather than allow them to barrel merrily along.
A twisty-turny labyrinth of ideas that always knows the way out (even if we don’t), and ensures there is a whole lot of fun in getting there.
CAST: Jim Sturgess, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine, David Thewlis
DIRECTOR: Brad Anderson
WRITERS: Joe Gangemi (screenplay), Edgar Allan Poe (short story)
SYNOPSIS: A naive young doctor visits an asylum with intent to study, but all is not as it seems…