Side Effects Reviews
Still, have my three stars, Mr Sodebergh. Just for making a movie that made me tolerate Channing Tatum, you've earned that much.
This movie feels flat on many levels and the the whole cast don't offer the performances of their lives.
There a couple of things I take issue with. Catherine Zeta Jones' laughably bad performance is one of them. Every word she says, she speaks in this overtly sexual manner, and that's used as a character trait. Rather than make me horny, it irritated the HELL out of me. Why can't she just talk like a normal human being, rather than stretch each of her words out for three seconds each? If I met anyone in real life that slurs out all of their words like a drunk aunt at a wedding, I'd tell them to knock it off.
The other issue I take is the gaping plot hole somewhere in the middle, regarding tap water. Those of you who have seen the film know what I'm talking about. Those that haven't do not continue reading, because there are
If Emily was lying the whole time about murdering her husband and didn't want to reveal the truth, then she would have known that was just tap water-- judging by the very fake answers to Jonathan's questions he asked while "injecting" her. Later on, we know that all of those answers were lies. Why did she act like she was stoned and affected by the truth serum, if she was just going to lie anyway? If she lied while on the fake truth serum, that means she KNEW it was fake. If she knew it was fake, she knew that JONATHAN knew it was fake, too. Why would she incriminate herself by lying about that? Wouldn't she, you know, say "I don't feel anything"? Considering she committed a very heinous crime and doesn't want to make it totally obvious she's a liar? She's trying to convince Jonathan she's telling the truth. If she knew he knew it was fake truth serum while trying to convince him of that, she wouldn't pretend she was stoned, because he would know she's faking it.
That scene was not thought over at all, because it only took me a minute to realize it just would. Not. Work.
That giant plot hole bothered me through the entire movie, and I couldn't get past it. That moment (and Catherine Zeta Jones' stupid sexbot voice) made me knock this film off a star and a half, because both of them were really glaring and annoying.
The rest of the film was pretty great, however. Even the ending alone was worth seeing it; an ending that was extremely satisfying.