Written September 30, 2014
I saw Side Effects with someone who is on anti depressants for severe depression. He was having a very hard time watching this movie and would have left if the theater we saw the movie in didn't have comfortable reclining lounge chairs. Loved the cast and twists and turns. It did get much better as it went along. I wasn't expecting a thriller but that is what it turned out to be. Good acting and thought provoking story. You left thinking surprised at the outcomes and satisfied with the ending. I would not recommend this for children or people on medications. It wasn't a great movie but it was certainly a good movie.
Written October 22, 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 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.
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.