Ralph Breaks the Internet
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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A bad movie on a vital topic.
While Slattery-Moschkau is obviously coming from a very earnest place -- a card before the final credits compares the annual budget for the pharmaceutical industry to that of her own film -- it doesn't make the overall effort any less clumsy.
Spectacularly lame dialogue, stilted direction, amateurish production values and a soundtrack that distracts from the film as a whole.
of all the people affected by big drug company scams, do we really care about the ethical dilemmas faced by gorgeous salespeople?
This is an agitprop effort to get viewers to think about the side effects of one industry's profit motive and how that affects consumers.
It's when the film loses the laughs and turns into a heavy-handed melodrama in the third act that the film sputters.
This scrappy look at the pharmaceutical industry is a hard pill to swallow.
The material is all there to be a scathing, timely commentary on the pharmaceutical industry - when presented this way, it's a watered down version of the truth.
With enough material for a nice short, Side Effects is stretched past the breaking point at ninety-nine minutes.
I don't think this would be for everyone. It is kind of slow, and anyone expecting a usual Katherine Heigl chick flick type movie will be sorely disappointed. However, having been unfortunate enough to have spent some time working in a pharmacy, this really rang true to me about drug companies and how they manipulate people. It's obviously very low budget, but the acting is good, and it is thought provoking.
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