PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery
An Oxford graduate takes up a job in a mental asylum, only to discover that the "revolutionary" new treatments are inhumane and that there is more going on than meets the eye.
Jim Sturgess' character jokes about "Mickey Finn" being a euphemism for drugging someone's drink with "knockout drops". Later on, Mister Salt claims the prisoners were overcome with chloral hydrate in their drinks. Chloral hydrate is often used as ... ...
Of all the afflictions I think of none more cruel than madness. It robs a man of his reason, his dignity, his very soul. And it does so, so slowly, without the remorse of death.
At the beginning of the film, it is stated that the year is 1899. However, at the dinner party, Newgate makes a joke about the character Mickey Finn's name and its association to "knockout drops." The real Mickey Finn, a Chicago bartender known for putting knockout drops in his patrons' drinks, was not caught in this activity until 1903 and the phrase did not enter common usage in America for at least another decade.
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