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- Side Effects (2013) reviewed by Adrienne Nunley
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Side Effects (2013)
Cast: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Synopsis: A young woman, Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara), starts showing signs of depression after her husband(Channing Tatum) is released from prison. She begins to see a psychiatrist (Jude Law) who prescribes her a new anti-depressant that has an unfortunate side-effect that changes the course of everyone’s lives.
Reviewer Rating: 4/5 Reels
Review *spoiler alert*:
This star-studded movie has plot-twists at every turn. The viewer is constantly wondering who the real victim is, who is lying, and who is telling the truth. When Channing Tatum’s character is murdered by his wife, Emily, we can’t help but victimize poor Channing Tatum (since he, you know, is dead), but we also want to victimize Emily because she killed him whilst sleep walking, which is a side effect of the antidepressant she was taking.
There is no denying she killed her husband, but she had no recollection of it. She was not in control during her sleep-walking episode—or so we think. Before we know it, Emily’s current psychiatrist becomes a victim. Since he prescribed the medication, he loses his job, his family, and his reputation. Yet when we find out the whole thing was a scandal (the depression, the antidepressants, the murder, the sleep walking) plotted by Emily and her old psychiatrist, we see the tables turn.
This movie was well-written and the acting was good. The plot weaves all the characters together soundly. It doesn’t move too fast, so the viewer can follow the intricate plot. It also doesn’t move too slowly, so the viewer isn’t left waiting for the next breakthrough in the plot. It’s nice that this movie has an ending that ties up all the loose ends. We, as the audience, can be satisfied with the fact that justice was served to those who truly deserved it and Emily’s current psychiatrist got his life back in order (or there were at least hints that he was getting his life back).
Side Effects is not a movie to see with the little ones. It has adult content, strong language, and a couple of really risqué scenes. Although it moves at a good pace, the scenes tend to jump around chronologically, so if the viewer is not paying attention, he or she might miss the transition to a flashback.
If movie-goers desire a movie that lacks common clichés, has an enticing plot, and offers just the right amount of drama and thrill, Side Effects might be the right fit for them.
By: Adrienne Nunley