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Let the Lord not believe what the Lord hears

Works by Edgar Allan Poe have already seen a whole range of film adaptations. "Eliza Graves" more commonly known as "Stonehearst Asylum" directed by Brad Anderson was loosely based on one of the stories of the horror master titled

"The system of Dr. Tar and Professor Pierz."
This production boasts an impressive cast and considerable budget, so how was the next installment of Poe's work? History takes place in the late nineteenth century. A young doctor, Dr. Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess), arrives at the off-site Stonehearst Asylum psychiatric facility. An ambitious boy wants to undergo medical practice under the supervision of Dr. Silas Lamb (Ben Kingsley), the head of the hospital.
Harlequin bows and Spartacus rushes
Departing from the treatment methods used by his predecessor, Dr. Salta (Michael Cane), consisting of detention and torture of patients, Dr. Lamb introduced an innovative therapy aimed at keeping patients in their madness.
Among the patients of the center is the title Eliza Graves (Kate Beckinsale), in which Dr. Newgate falls in love. Meanwhile, the young doctor's visit to Stonehearst Asylum gets complicated when he uncovers the deeply hidden secret of Dr. Lamb. Focusing on acting, first of all, you should pay attention to Dr. Lamb, who was played by Ben Kingsley. This character was created flawlessly. On the one hand, he appears to us as the demonic director of a psychiatric institution, who unscrupulously uses the methods available to him to keep the center in his hands. On the other hand, after learning the motives he is guided by, this character ceases to be clearly seen as the evil one. It is also impossible to remain indifferent to David Thewlis, who played the role of assistant to Dr. Lamb. Throughout the film, Mickey Finn is undoubtedly portrayed as a villain who will not stop at nothing just to protect the patients and staff of the center. The younger generation of actors clearly stands out from Kingsley and Thewlis.
Gump to the best of our abilities
Jim Sturgess's acting game leaves a lot to be desired. Dr. Newgate's character is so unspecific that if it weren't for the fact that he appears in the lead role, we wouldn't pay much attention to him. Definitely worse than Sturgess is only Kate Beckinsale, who plays the title Eliza Graves. The interpretation of this character is extremely bland.
The hysteria that Eliza Graves suffers from is depicted artificially and without any expression. This production clearly emphasizes the story, but the director cannot be denied attention to the smallest details.
Perfectly prepared scenery allows you to move into the realities of the nineteenth century. Both the interiors and costumes of the actors are rendered with incredible accuracy. Despite a considerable budget, Anderson did not decide on unnecessary gimmicks. The whole falls out well, and the ending, although it should not, is a surprise ...