Written August 29, 2014
I honestly LOVED "Side Effects"! It's quite a cerebral-type of thriller, and truly brings into question all those great moral and ethical dilemmas we see in the headlines today. Did the doctor exercise his best judgment? Is the medical community unduly influenced by personal gain due to their consultative relationships with the major pharmaceutical companies? Even more important, why is our society currently so prone to self-medicate?
The acting is great all-around, and I find it difficult to believe that director Steven Soderbergh claims this is his last film. Let's hope he's not quitting Hollywood and just taking a sabbatical. At any rate, "Side Effects" is a must.
Written March 01, 2015
Rooney Mara does an outstanding job as the main character. The story builds and keeps you guessing as you see Jude Law's life crumble after events that he could never have predicted.
The plot twists and turns and overall it was excellent. I would definitely recommend.
Written February 14, 2013
...with an extremely smart and sexy thriller.
All the players are perfectly cast, the performances spot on and the plot secrets revealed with great skill.
I want to see it again to catch what I missed the first time.
Written December 19, 2014
I love movies where you expect something and find that the plot takes a dramtic turn. The events, as they unfold, will grab your attention and no let go until it ends. It's a story of how some depend on drugs to make them happy, how greed can keep the best treatment from happening, and how some can use deceit to get what they want. But be careful, the bad guys are not who you expect....
Written October 28, 2014
If director Steven Soderbergh truly retires from the Hollyewood movie business permanently, Side Effects will prove he left at the top of his game. Credible characters, chilling secrets, and a gripping story combine with perfect pacing and a lethal atmosphere that grips the viewer by the neck. Only, I hope Soderbergh *WON'T* retire from movie making -- I think he's hit his stride for some time, now, and he has a lot more movies in him.