Side Effects Reviews
Jude Law is always a put off in a movie, though. I didn't find the past scandal with the ex patient a stretch at all with him, though I get that it probably didn't actually happen.
I am not entirely sure it all added up at the end, or was possible, but good movie that I doubt I will rewatch.
The first part of this film is vintage Soderbergh, social issue drama with compelling characters and well-constructed plot lines. The second part of this film is a milquetoast, predictable thriller that is fun but not all that interesting. Some of the stock that the film built up over the first part of the film is squandered.
Rooney Mara's performance is good; she's vulnerable and can be intimidating.
Overall, Soderbergh is one of the finest directors working today, but he's a lot better in a film that is all his ilk, not just half his ilk.
This is a thriller that keeps the suspense high and the plots twists as unexpected as any of Alfred Hitchcock's best works. Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Channing Tatum are all excellent.
"One pill can change your life."
Side Effects is a great way for a great director to go out. If this does end up being Steven Soderbergh's last film, at least he went out on top, even if it means as fans, we just want more. Side Effects is as interesting a film as Soderbergh has ever made, and it is one with a superb cast and an amazing plot. It's technically well made on every level as per usual with Soderbergh. The music is fantastic and the cinematography is gorgeous. It's just one hell of a movie all the way around.
Emily is a depressed 28 year old, whose whole life was thrown upside down when her rich husband was put in prison for insider trading. She lost her husband, her home, and she also miscarried her child. Now with her husband getting out things are just getting worse. When she spontaneously tries to kill herself, she comes under the guidance of a psychiatrist, who prescribes her a new type of medication that he thinks may help. But the drug has side effects. There's a lot more depth to the plot, but I think anymore information would take away from the experience.
Rooney Mara and Jude Law are the standout performances here. I love Rooney Mara and her performance as Emily is quite possible the best performance of her short career. Jude Law also seems like he was made to play a psychiatrist, everything from his tone of voice to demeanor is spot on. Catherine Zeta Jones also gives a wonderful, but smaller performance as Emily's former psychiatrist, and even Channing Tatum is watchable.
This is one of those rare movies that has everything going for it and in the end all the individual talent involved here makes for a near perfect film. I'm a huge Steven Soderbergh fan, so I may be a little biased, as I just really enjoy everything he does. Hopefully he'll make a comeback at some point, but at least he left us with another great film to add to his stunning filmography.
Martin is a recently paroled white collar criminal whose wife Emily is struggling with anxiety and depression in the wake of his release. Her psychiatrist Dr. Banks prescribes her a new experimental drug, but not long after, things fall apart when the drug is revealed to have some shocking and unexpected side effects.
For about the first oh, 40 minutes or so, it seems as if Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns really have some issues with the pharmaceutical industry, as this kinda comes off as some sort of horrifying anti-pill propaganda. But then, the film takes a radical shift and turns into a thriller of a different kind.
I'm deliberately being vague, as part of the fun is experiencing this sharp and taut caper for yourself. It gets pretty twisty and turny, and some may not take well to the shift in direction, but it's not jarring enough to completely derail things. At least I didn't think so.
It's got the style we've come to expect from Soderbergh, and it is quite an effective and engaging film. The cinematography, editing, and music fit the proceedings quite well, and there's some great sequences here, one in particular that is incredibly potent.
The cast are well picked, and their performances are quite strong. Channing Tatum is quite decent and believable as Martin, Jude Law is solid as Dr. Banks, and Catherine Zeta-Jones is quite good as Emily's former psychiatrist Dr. Siebert. The real highlight here is Rooney Mara as Emily. She's got a tough role, but she pulls it off quite well.
I said the film is pretty sharp, but I must admit that it is a bit of a slow burner at first, and the twists and turns are a bit *ahem* hard to swallow, but if you can keep an open mind, suspend some belief, and be willing to accept what the film throws at you, then you'll probably have a pretty good time.
Very Good Film! !It's more of an edge-of-your-mind thriller rather than an edge-of-your- seat thriller. Never really scared, always questioning the moral and psychological behavior of these characters. The ending takes some strange, sexually-charged turns, and perhaps a bit more conclusive than I was originally expecting, but don't worry, you can still question where the line is between right and wrong and when each character crossed it.
Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, after conferring with her previous doctor, eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa. The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to Emily killing her husband in a "sleepwalking" state. With Emily plea-bargained into mental hospital confinement and Dr. Banks' practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. However, Dr. Banks cannot accept full responsibility and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what's left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy.