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Side Effects (2013)

Director:
Steven Soderbergh
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Psychological thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Side Effects
RUNNING TIME
106 minutes
Producer:
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Gregory Jacobs
Scott Z. Burns
Screenwriter:
Scott Z. Burns


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Dr. Jonathan Banks Jude Law
Emily Taylor Rooney Mara
Dr. Victoria Siebert Catheringe Zeta-Jones
Martin Taylor Channing Tatum
Deirdre Banks Vinessa Shaw
Martin's mother Ann Dowd
Emily's boss Polly Draper
Carl Millbank David Costabile

 

Review

The intricacy of the plot coupled with Steven Soderbergh's headstrong, solid presentation makes this psychological thriller a sweeping and often intense experience. With depression and the medical/pharmaceutical professions' handling of it as its basis, Side Effects spins a roller-coaster tale of facade, deceit and mental illness which alternates quite smoothly between serious, social criticism and tightly spun mystery. Soderberg's ambitiousness ensures that every character and institution is balanced, and both the medical and legal aspects of the story is well-lit, but despite all this, the film retains a cold and cynical point of view to both the world it depicts and its characters. Jude Law, who plays the psychiatrist, tries his best to be sympathetic and well-doing, but turns ever more vindictive as the film goes on. We really can't blame him, but he's not exactly admirable either. And in her difficult part as Emily Taylor, Rooney Mara ultimately shares more traits with Jane March's work in Color of Night than with Edward Norton's in Primal Fear.

 

Copyright 4.8.2013 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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