Side Effects Movie Reviews

Side Effects

Side Effects

Release Date: Feb 08, 2013

Genre: DramaSuspense/Thriller

Rating: (R)

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  • 4
    The "special FX" are in the mind of the beholder.
    There are a lot of close-up shots in this movie, zeroing in on people and objects and at the same time beckoning the viewer to pay attention to details that are just out of focus.
    Things are not quite the way they seem, this recurring way of camera-shooting suggests. And if you do want to focus on what the scene subtly deemphasizes, it won't let you; as mentioned above, what oftentimes would appear to hold crucial meaning is just out of focus.
    The human mind is intricate, the way it schemes its ploys can take convoluted avenues, and the way the plot progresses reflects that. To push the story along, this film doesn't use "special FX" in the sense of refined digital imagery; rather, it requires the viewer to look for meaning beyond the obvious of what is shown and what is said. After all, it is about "side effects," not "special FX," right?
    The music does its fair share to underscore the reeling, even spooling, that by all appearances drives Emily's mind. Or is that the drug doing the driving? And where is each of the two psychiatrists really coming from?
    There really are competing sources of "side effects" at work, trying to outdo and eliminate each other. We take away from this movie that even a very well-informed patient may be taking huge chances, and only so much of that is due to pharmaceuticals.
  • 4
    This was a really good film and I did not think that it will be, I think it is definitely worth seeing in the theaters. I really enjoyed the story, I thought it was smart, interesting and involving and I really enjoyed all the smart twists and turns in this film, the makers of this movie definitely were able to keep my interest throughout the whole film. The cast of this film was really great and they definitely elevated this film to a higher level, I was impressed. This film definitely made me think and i love when films do that, it is pretty rare these days. Overall, I think this film was pretty much perfect and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters.
  • 4
    I did not know anything about this film before I saw it, my friend told me that she has heard good things about it so I chose to trust her and I am glad I did. I absolutely loved this film and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. I thought that the story was original, interesting and involving and I loved all of the twists and turns in the film. I have absolutely no doubt that I will see this film multiple times, it was that good. The cast was amazing and the film overall was very stylish and timely, therefore I think it is definitely worth seeing on the big screen.
  • 4
    This is a thriller about a successful New York couple Emily and Martin (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum) whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily's psychiatrist (Jude Law) - intended to treat anxiety - has unexpected side effects.I really liked this film and highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. I did not expect this film to be as good as it was, I was pleasantly surprised by it. The film had a great story, it was thrilling and unexpected and I was on the edge of my seat for the whole running time. Overall, this film was highly entertaining and I think it is worth seeing in the theaters.
  • 5
    I really loved this latest movie from Steven Soderbergh. Unfortunately for cinephile geeks like yours truly, this may be his last movie for a long, long time (at least that's what he says). He takes a hard-hitting look at the pervasiveness of pharmaceutical drugs in our culture and every day life and shows us that there is more to healing than just popping pills and yakking off to your shrink. Channing Tatum is the biggest star in this movie but he has the least important role, which is refreshing I have to say. He's okay at times, but mostly I wish he would just stop acting like a macho jock all the time. Mara Rooney, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Jude Law all have really great parts and seem to really sink their teeth into every moment. Rooney is particularly awesome in the lead, making her character something of a mish mash of a reluctant wife and a willing drug addict. A+ Best Actress material here.
  • 5
    Oh Catherine Zeta Jones baby! What happened to you? You used to be the hottest leading lady in town...and now you're relegated to the back seat playing women in glasses? Ok, ok. I'm just kidding, since it is good to see her back on screen (she was gone for a while, ya know) but I miss seeing her in a really great part. Her role in this one is aight, but Mara Rooney and Jude Law really get to sink their teeth into some meaty stuff with this movie. I think what really appealed to me about this movie was how it dealt head on with the whole idea of people using drugs without really thinking about what their issues are. It's not enough to just say, hey, I don't feel so hot so I'll get a prescription and just hope for the best. There are usually a lot of other things going on that need to be examined. This movie was obviously well-researched and it should be shown in all venues so everyone understands what exactly the pharmaceutical industry is all about. Hint: $$$.
  • 5
    Wow, this is an AMAZING movie. I think it reminded me of what Breaking Bad would be like if it was a feature length movie and it was about taking drugs instead of just consuming them. The story is about a young wife who is married to a Wall Street baddie played by Channing Tatum who comes back into her life after serving time in jail for securities fraud. She doesn't know how to adjust to having him back in her daily routine so she is put on pills by her shrink (Jude Law). He doesn't really seem to care what the meds do to her because he's just so used to people wanting to be medicated and he just expects everyone to be okay with it at all times and under all circ**stances. I would argue that this is a great movie for everyone to see because it not only deals with issues like mental illness, but also drug addiction and relationships, all of which pretty much everyone I know has been affected by in one way or another.
  • 3
    Of all the Steven Soderbergh movies I've seen, this one is probably the least interesting. I guess it shouldn't be a surprise since it's his first movie about a female lead who's addicted to pills. Mara Rooney is a good actress but she just seems so....cold. I don't know what it is about her. It's like she's too cool or too smart for everyone and that makes it incedibly difficult to relate to her or want to care for her. Same thing for Catherine Zeta Jones who seems to be in like every movie ever made these days. Jude Law owns the movie with his top notch performance. I think he is a vastly underrated actor and I can't wait to see him in the next Sherlock Holmes. He is one bad arse Watson! Channing Tatum is okey dokes. It's kind of hard to see him in a serious role like this one because he seems like he's such a meathead, but I guess every actor deserves a shot. On the whole, it's a decent movie, but not a great one by a mile or two.
  • 4
    Can I just say that this movie unites two of my favorite talents in Hollywood that should have been working together long, long before? First there's Steven Soderbergh. He has made so many excellent movies that I've lost count. I still watch Traffic every chance I get. I also have to tip my hat to him for making the world of male strippers seem interesting in Magic Mike. As for Mara Rooney, she is just the most exquisite young actress. In this movie she plays a wayward pill addict who has no concept of what she's doing because she's so drugged out on anti anxiety meds. She seeks the help of two psychiatrists, played by Jude Law and Soderbergh's staple leading lady Catherine Zeta Jones. I wish that they had Channing Tatum and Jude Law switch roles because I think Law is more believable as a white collar criminal. Tatum does his part well but he's mostly there for window dressing. This is Mara's story all the way.
  • 5
    You gotta hand it to Mara Rooney: she sure knows how to make an audience take Channing Tatum seriously. And that too when he doesn’t have any impetus to save the heroine or take his shirt off. Bazinga.
    Rooney Mara is one of the most uniquely talented actresses working in Hollywood today. Her chilly demeanor is not meant to scare, but to reflect an inner introspection that doesn’t exist (or come across) in other actors. Like Channing Tatum. Hence the amazing job she does as his pill-addicted wife struggling to come to terms with his release from jail for white collar financial crimes.
    We often think of the robber barons on Wall Street that crashed the global economy in 2008 as dastardly, hedonistic villains; what we don’t think about are the people in their lives whose existences are routed by those same actions. This movie gives a small glimpse into such a world, though it takes a hard right turn into dealing with pharmaceutical panaceas in a culture too eager to solve everything with a pill or an injection.
    Jude Law and Catherine Zeta Jones play her therapists; one is very lackadaisical about the effects of pills on his patient, while the other has a more circ**spect view of what really ails her. It’s a complex and interesting tale about legal drug abuse. And probably one that many viewers will have no trouble relating to.

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