Based on the trailer i thought side effects would be a. Banks practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. Forget about contagion which was entirely mediocre anyway and even put aside flatliners, trust in steven soderbergh to get the job done right. Hes the focus of this charactercentric, film noir thriller which uses maras emily as the vehicle for the plot.
It coils beneath what seems like a realistic plot and whispers that something. For a film thats as careful and subtle as side effects, the final halfhour is surprisingly forthright leaving nothing to speculation. Soderberghs side effects will make you question your. Side effects is a provocative thriller about emily and martin rooney mara and channing tatum, a successful new york couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by emilys psychiatrist jude law intended to treat anxiety has unexpected side effects. With rooney mara, channing tatum, jude law, catherine zetajones. In side effects, kate bennet is a pathologist at a new england hospital, who has two female patients who have inexplicably bled to death. Instead, we wonder whether the motive of the killerrooney maras emily, a depressed woman deali. Side effects soundtrack list side effects movie 20. Side effects was released in the united states on february 8, 20 by open road films. A nonspoilery synopsis of side effects goes something like this. Steven soderberghs caper film side effects the new york. Feb 11, 20 side effects is an unusual murdermystery in that the main question isnt about who the killer is.
Imagine music for a sorceryrelated plot and then dial it down to ominous forebodings. The movie s marketing campaign includes a website for the fictitious antidepressant with a commercial wherein a reputable. Side effects 20 for four years, emily taylor rooney mara has awaited the release of her husband, martin channing tatum, from being imprisoned for insider trading. Overall, though, the movie never truly endorses or condemns these drugs. The result is a film that is watchable enough but never quite lives up. Instead, we wonder whether the motive of the killerrooney maras emily, a depressed woman dealing with her husbands release from jailmight have been some unpleasant side effects from a new antidepressant she is taking. The plot of side effects centers around a fictional drug called ablixa. Side effects is a provocative thriller about emily and martin rooney mara and channing tatum, a successful new york couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by emilys psychiatrist. An entirely gripping, captivating and twisted plot that might just be his career best. Side effects steven soderberghs 26th film, his fourth to be released in the past 16 months, andif his recent, halfserioussounding retirement announcement is to be credited his last to.
The movie isnt exactly a bookend to a long career, but. After a distinguished, prolific, and varied career, director steven soderbergh has announced that side effects will be his last film. Side effectssteven soderberghs 26th film, his fourth to be released in the past 16 months, andif his recent, halfserioussounding retirement announcement is to. With emily pleabargained into mental hospital confinement and dr. Of course, a few excessively intricate character dynamics and onthenose scenes dont detract from the overall success of side effects. Johnathan mentions this at some point in the movie. This being said, it is not particularly great in its storyline or pacing, but it is fun and interesting to finally see a decent movie that relies more on its being one of the more storycentric movies this year, side effects is an outlier compared to other films like. Since winning the palme dor at cannes in 1989 with his first movie. This one was a 20 installment from the director who gave us the oceans trilogy. How soderberghs final film side effects was inspired by a real.
It is a film that is incredibly hard to talk about without ruining, or at least dampening, some of. Once side effects gets into its crime story, medication is swept aside by movie. Side effects begins as if it were a modernday problem movie, but then morphs into a curious murder mystery in which the question is not whodunit but, rather. Its too bad, then, that although the movie has soderberghs unique textures and use of sound, as well as an unusually perceptive human touch, its not one of. Side effects is a 20 american psychological thriller film directed by steven. Side effects cured medical thrillers with a blood pumping syringe. This film cannot end with both siebert going to jail and emily going back to the insane asylum. Feb 08, 20 but side effects is certainly like earlier soderbergh movies, in that, however fancy its plot footwork, it probes contemporary anxieties, whether in the recent flurry of murders and suicides in new york city subway stations or in the power of the psychiatric establishment soon they could put you on a list that would forbid you from buying a. Side effects is the first truly great movie of the year and is soderberghs best film in a quite a while. The film is about a young couple who experience many comic events after. This is how johnathan gets back at victoria and emily by playing them against each other. Everything you need to know about side effects movie 20. Though the movie isnt about substance abuse, its heavily about the use of antidepressants and other prescription medications. Its a story about selfaggrandizing manipulators who try to destroy another human being for their own selfish goals.
There were 8 other movies released on the same date, including identity thief, the sorcerer and the white snake and spiders 3d. Why the ending of the film side effects is not plausible. Side effects stars rooney mara the girl from the girl with the dragon tattoo, channing tatum of the step up fame, jude law and catherine zeta jones. The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to. New york film locations from the movie side effects starring jude law, rooney mara and catherine zetajones. Many characteristics of his filmmaking could be cited in defense of this position, but for the purposes of contextualizing side effects 20, only one is needed. The third act includes plenty of brilliant moments but a few of them are convoluted by minute details explaining questions most audiences. Side effects is bizarre and preposterous, in some ways, but with maras star wattage it has the compelling quality of a bad dream, anchored in what is recognisable reality. Side effects, the latest work from the seemingly inexhaustible steven soderbergh, starts off telling one story only to abruptly shift gears in order to tell a completely different one. Side effects, the latest and very probably last feature film from director steven soderbergh, is a. An urgent meeting between the boss of a pharmaceutical company and one of his upstart young employees is called in order to discuss a troubling rumor about a new. Rent side effects 20 starring rooney mara and jude law on dvd and bluray. I think there was a better film that could have been made. Emily and martin are a successful new york couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by emilys psychiatrist intended to.
Steven soderberghs caper film side effects the new. I walked out of steven soderberghs side effects thinking to myself, finally, a mainstream 20 movie i can wholeheartedly recommend then quickly added, well, except. Side effects 20 emily taylor rooney mara, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Side effects, the latest and very probably last feature film from director steven soderbergh, is a twisted headtrip of a tale about psychopharmacology gone wrong. The music tells us what kind of movie side effects is going to be. Released february 8th, 20, side effects stars jude law, rooney mara, channing tatum, catherine zetajones the r movie has a runtime of about 1 hr 45 min, and received a score of 75 out of 100.
The marketing campaign for side effects, steven soderberghs tight and twisty new pharmacaper, includes a web site for a fictitious antidepressant called ablixa. Side effects is a 20 dramathriller movie directed by steven soderbergh. How soderberghs final film side effects was inspired by a. Side effects was released in 20 on friday, february 8, 20 in nationwide movie theaters. It has to be one or the other for the following reasons. Without thomas newmans score, side effects would be a lesser film, even another film.
The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to emily killing her husband in a sleepwalking state. Her psychiatrist, jonathan banks, after conferring with her previous doctor, eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called ablixa. Theres a lot to celebrate in the movie great performers and a smart. Emily and martin are a successful new york couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by emilys psychiatrist intended to treat anxiety has unexpected side effects. Side effects mostly fits that bill its intriguing, full of good performances, and rife with the lush shots the director is known for but that doesnt mean it isnt a little lacking. It stars rooney mara as a woman who is prescribed experimental drugs by psychiatrists jude law and catherine zetajones after her husband channing tatum is released from prison. A plot analysis and explanation of the film side effects. Steven soderberghs side effects, starring rooney mara. Over the past twentyfive years, steven soderbergh has consistently shown that he is one of the best american directors of his era.
Reading some of the comments, you would think this movie is a cautionary tale about psychiatric drugs and their side effects. The movies marketing campaign includes a website for the fictitious anti. Steven soderberghs side effects team takes on depression in america if the main parts were played by nonentities or commonlooking performers, few viewers would stick with this, given. It stars jude law, rooney mara, channing tatum, and catherine zetajones the film is initially about emilys mara struggle with depression following her husbands fouryear imprisonment for insider trading. At the end of the film, siebert is arrested on two charges.
Feb 07, 20 side effectssteven soderberghs 26th film, his fourth to be released in the past 16 months, andif his recent, halfserioussounding retirement announcement is to be credited his last to. A third patient, a friend of hers, is exhibiting the same symptoms, and kate must figure out why this is happening, although nothing is readily apparent. The film is produced by balaji motion pictures and pritish nandy communications. It coils beneath what seems like a realistic plot and whispers that something haunted and possessed is going on. Side effects is a provocative thriller about emily and martin rooney mara. A young womans world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects. The main character is shown to be on several different kinds of drugs, behaving in different ways.
Side effects toys with an interesting moral ambiguity challenging main characters and the audience to adjust their worldview but, by the end, its all funneled into a relatively traditional lens of truth. Side effects is a 20 american psychological thriller film directed by steven soderbergh and written by scott z. Side effects is an unusual murdermystery in that the main question isnt about who the killer is. After victoria mentions details of the plot, she is arrested for conspiracy to commit murder and securities fraud. Feb 08, 20 the marketing campaign for side effects, steven soderberghs tight and twisty new pharmacaper, includes a web site for a fictitious antidepressant called ablixa. It is the sequel to the 2006 film pyaar ke side effects. The trouble is that the first story is by far the more interesting while the second just becomes more implausible with each passing scene. Feb 18, 20 good discussion of this by times lily rothman. There were 8 other movies released on the same date, including identity thief. Mar 07, 20 side effects is bizarre and preposterous, in some ways, but with maras star wattage it has the compelling quality of a bad dream, anchored in what is recognisable reality. Theres enough good stuff here to give the movie a pass, though it could have been a great deal more. Rent side effects 20 on dvd and bluray dvd netflix.1471 90 926 451 322 1345 580 1124 1126 1256 473 626 1261 278 322 770 1467 128 141 1447 646 1218 835 739 127 1426 11 1006 1354 965 1136 1045 835 347 843 640 153 913 835 1295