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Asylum starts out as kind of a 1950s version of Lady Chatterley's Lover. A new administrator moves into a mental health care facility in the English countryside. His marriage seems loveless and virtually passionless, and his wife is obviously frustrated and bored by her life on the campus. She ends up starting a passionate affair with the gardener, who is a young, lusty and Russell Crowe-lookin' mofo. Of course, in this situation she's taking a bigger risk than Lady Chatterley, because her gardener is also a patient in the asylum, and a rather dangerous one at that, one who killed his wife in a particularly gruesome fashion. The affair leads to some unfortunate consequences, a simple summary of which would read "tragedy ensues."

Some have described Asylum as a psychological thriller, perhaps because it features several psychologists as characters, although nothing seems to explain the "thriller" portion of the equation. I believe the film would best be described as a particularly over-the-top gothic romance, even though that may not be a fair description of the source novel, which seems to be respected as an analysis of female subservience in the repressed culture of Britain in the 50s.

Critical reaction was divided:

The best reviews offered comments like this one from "There are times when one might be tempted to dismiss Asylum as too opaque in its explanation for why Stella does the often wretched things she does. But patience is well rewarded: It takes full running time of the movie for the story's complete design to become clear."

The worst reviews were pretty bad indeed. The Washington Post called it "unfortunate, tragic and appallingly, infuriatingly, time-wastingly stupid."

I wouldn't thrust my thumb down as far as the Post did, but I found the melodramatic plot twists to be bordering on the absurd and capable of testing the patience of even the most tolerant viewer, which I am certainly not.

Brie Larson