Written February 17, 2013
I was a bit skeptical about this movie -- BH really wanted to see this for some of the "dreamy" actors -- but it was way more than pretty faces. What I thought was going to be a "ho hum" movie caught me off-guard with the multiple plot twists and the great story line.
This script attracted four top-notch actors for the lead roles. Rooney Mara (recently "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") shows that her her nomination for an Academy Award for TGWTDT was no fluke. Zeta-Jones is, of course, predictably fantastic. Jude Law gives a performance that may well earn him another Academy Award nomination.
This is one not to miss.
Written December 27, 2014
I am truly appreciative of how critics and bloggers have, for the most part, made an effort not to spoil the twists of this movie. I don't know how to describe it actually without giving anything away. All I will say is that it starts out one thing and ends up as another and you won't glean anything by watching the trailers & tv spots. This is Soderbergh doing DePalma doing Hitchcock. Rooney Mara will knock your socks off and both Catherine Zeta Jones and Jude Law haven't had parts this juicy in a long time. Definitely worthy of your time and the price of admission.
Written February 10, 2013
if this is the level of sophistication soderberg has, and obviously it is, it is a wonder he was even allowed to direct a peanut butter commercial. this movie is more than ridiculous, it is insulting.
Written September 30, 2014
Once again Rooney Mara steals the screen in the much anticipated film Side Effects. Playing the role of Emily, Rooney Mara showcases her acting genius as a mentally unhinged patient desparate to find a pharmaceutical remedy for her sporadic episodes of depression. After a failed attempt to commit suicide, her character becomes the subject of a new experimental treatment dubbed Ablixa. With her spirits at an all time high, her character appears miraculously cured by the miracle drug until a cruel act of fate turns her world upside down. It's a film ingrained with explosive plot points and heart wrenching sequences that is sure to entertain moviegoers of all ages.
Written August 27, 2014
This movie is full of twists and turns. It plays out like a murder thriller, but it's so much more than that. There's a great deal of attention placed on the drug industry and the pills they push knowing that there are deadly side effects. However, there are several layers at play. Is someone trying to exploit those weaknesses in the drug industry to get away with murder? There are subtle hints throughout and plenty of shocking revelations. Jude Law is terrific, but Channing Tatum has a minor role and is only in the first quarter of the film.