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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
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
Harlequin bows and
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
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.
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