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Side Effects (2013) Movie Information

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Steven Soderbergh


Channing Tatum
Rooney Mara
Jude Law
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Vinessa Shaw
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In order to cope with the impending release of her husband from prison, a woman turns to an experimental anti-anxiety drug that has unintended and dangerous consequences. -- Chris Kavan

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Good movie started out slow but ended with a twist

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Tightly plotted and executed. Most of the twists are unexpected, especially in the latter half. The performances are great, as is the writing and directing. The ending is completely satisfying. This is one of those films that you don't want spoiled beforehand.

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02/20/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Side Effects" by Yojimbo

A young woman suffering from depression is charged with murder leaving her psychiatrist with the task of proving that her actions were caused by the side effects of an experimental medication that he prescribed. This psychological thriller from Steven Soderbergh is very Hitchcockian in its ambitions; the subject matter of mental illness combined with the twists and turns of a post modern thriller is very much in a similar vein to Vertigo. While it never reaches the lofty heights of this particular classic, Side Effects is smart enough to keep the audience guessing as to which way the story will weave next and has a nice sideline in questioning the ethics of how pharmaceutical corporations run their businesses and how psychiatrists are so eager to prescribe easy fixes in the form of the l...

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06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Side Effects

I loved this movie. Side Effects is an incredibly complex and amazingly smart thriller; because of a fantastic screenplay, the plot convincingly leads you down one path, but by the end of it all, you're nowhere close to where you thought the film was going. The film does take its time setting itself up during the first third of the film, but once the story starts to unfold, it twists relentlessly while never being entirely obvious. This is one of Soderbergh's best directorial efforts; he directs with style, the aesthetics are beautiful, and he gets some really good performances from his cast. Rooney Mara is terrific, she delves into many different levels of depression and she really impressed me my with her performance. Jude Law is also really good. I think he's a great (and underrated) a...

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05/19/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Better Murder Through Chemistry

What starts off as a seemingly straight-forward story about the evils of heartless drug companies takes a nifty twist that becomes a much better thriller involving some well-laid plans - devious and inventive plans I might add. It's not often that I get surprised, but I am happy to report that Side Effects did the trick and made the movie that much better.

What really sets things apart is that the four main characters are all really well cast. Jude Law is excellent as a psychiatrist, Dr. Jonathan Banks, who just happens to be assigned to a woman who has attempted suicide - that would be Emily Taylor (a likewise excellent Rooney Mara) whose husband (the always effective Channing Tatum) has just been released from prison after four years following an insider trading scandal that left the...

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04/25/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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"Depression is the inability to construct a future." Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara) attempts suicide because of her depression. Jonathan (Jude Law) contacts Emily's previous psychiatrist, Victoria (Catherine Zeta-Jones), recommends that Jonathan put Emily on a new drug called Ablixa. Martin is killed after Emily takes Ablixa. The most noticeable performance that should be recognized by the Awards bodies was Rooney Mara. It shows her acting range from being deceptively authentic and effective in her role since the ending had a certain twist tailor fit for the thriller genre. Only reservation this reviewer had was the pace, which slowed down when Jonathan tried to find out the truth. The soundtrack felt out of place as well. Nevertheless, the powerhouse acting and superb direction provi...

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