Excerpt: This movie’s plot twists are best served cold and jolting, but every aspect of who and what’s mentioned above figures in. While this second section of the movie is lurid fun to the last frame, it somewhat trivializes the serious subject matter of the film’s first section as it careens wildly from one implausible twist to the next.
Excerpt: Martin and Emily Taylor (Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara) have been reunited after his release from jail, where he was sent for insider training, and everything's going well until she starts suffering from signs of depression. She goes to see psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) who prescribes Ablixa, one of those experimental anti-depression drugs you see advertised on television, and… well, let's just say that the movie isn't called "This Drug Works Great!
Excerpt: The Film Need a little something to get you out of the dumps? This new thriller from director Steven Soderbergh probably isn't gonna be it. Oh, Side Effects is a good movie. It's just not the movie that you think it's going to be. When the film opens we meet Martin (Channing Tatum), who just spent four years in prison for insider trading. Now, he's out.
Conclusion: I suspect Side Effects will continue to grow on me (as it already did my second time through), although I doubt I'll ever stop wondering what sort of thriller it might have been had Soderbergh stuck with the more relevant Big Pharmaceutical, corporate-culture commentary that dominates his first act. Its performances are outstanding, its script sharply penned, its direction confident and its story absorbing.
Conclusion: I expected more from 'Side Effects.' What begins as a riveting exploration of drug therapy, depression, and the ethics of psychological treatment devolves into a run-of-the-mill whodunit whose payoff isn't nearly as clever as the incisive and intelligent lead-up would suggest. Director Steven Soderbergh weaves a hypnotic spell throughout most of this smart thriller, and excellent work from Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and even Channing Tatum, of all...
Excerpt: Side Effects is set in New York City, but it barely looks like it. Steven Soderbergh, acting as always as his own cinematographer, makes the city look colder and more modern than ever, putting his characters in front of anonymous glass buildings and generic streets, robbing the city of its character and warmth at every turn.
Excerpt: Of the many twists and turns in Steven Soderbergh ’s vastly entertaining thriller Side Effects , the most gratifying has less to do with the nimble plotting than the fact that it isn’t the type of movie it initially appears to be. Soderbergh has made films about social issues in the past, from the war on drugs ( Traffic ) to chemical waste ( Erin Brockovich ) to the spread of a global pandemic ( Contagion ), so it wouldn’t be out of character for him to tackle the...