Every good psycho-thriller leaves you thinking about reality, sanity and what the heck just happened. Let me tell you, it has been a while since a movie has left me thinking about every detail that I was just presented with, thinking about what could have happened or what was going to happen. I recently prescreened Stonehearst Asylum starring Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Michael Cane; this film was one of those good psycho thrillers.
Stonehearst Asylum has been widely compared to Shutter Island with a similar lunatic factor. The film still has it's own story with a common theme and, hands down, I came out assured that Ben Kingsley is one of the most versatile actors we have ever seen. I definitely recommend watching Stonehearst Asylum. As convincing as Beckinsale and Sturgess were in the film, Kingsley wrapped it all up with his sinister performance. You may think you know what's going to happen next but does their sanity and the reality they build rule your imagination? You should go find out! It is all of the haunting details in the movie that make this film so interesting and puzzling.
When you think you know what's going on in the Asylum, you probably don't. This film creates it's own atmosphere and draws you in like a good psycho-thriller should. The details will make your jaw drop when you realize all the clues were right there on the screen. After watching this, Ben Kingsley tops the chart as one of my favorite actors.
To honor Kingsley's performance in his latest movie, here are a few of my 'Top 5 Performances by Sir Ben Kingsley':
Kingsley's Academy Award winning role as Gandhi in the 1982 biographical film of the same name, covering the life of this historic figure.
Searching for Bobby Fischer
In this 1992 inspirational movie, Kingsley takes on a role of the renowned and highly patient Chess teacher to a young prodigy who will become even more famous than himself one day.
Starring alongside Liam Neeson in Steven Spielberg's historical drama helping in saving refugees during the Holocaust as a Jewish accountant, Itzhak Stern.
A sinister role as Cosmo in a movie whose theme shows up in the present day more than ever. Hacking cryptic information and gaining access to secrets, has "no good" written all over.
Kingsley's latest performance as Silas Lamb... Mysterious, troubled and well... I guess you'll have to find out how this sinister role plays out, and trust me, you'll want to.