Relenting. That's the word I would use. From the moment Leonardo DiCaprio's character steps into the asylum - to his descent into darkness, you get a sickening forbidding feeling. Thanks, in part, to that almighty soundtrack which brings back memories of the old horror films - yeah, the one where you're about to be squashed like an ant by a Giant's hammer. I won't say much about the film to avoid spoiling it for you. All I can say is - its worth watching a second time. In the words of Teddy Daniels, "Give it a try."