Side Effects, 2013, USA
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Rooney Mara, Jude Law & Catherine Zeta Jones
''Depression is the inability to construct a future.''
Soderbergh's ''Final Film'' 'Side Effects' has been one I have really
been wanting to see for weeks now, but having had a fair bit going on I
have continued to forget about getting to the cinemas to see it. Coming
to the realization that the film is on its way out, I decided to get my
ass into gear and finally check out 'Side Effects'.
depressive woman whose Husband has been released from prison, seeks help
from a psychiatrist which leads to her taking a new medication with
severe Side Effects.
Holy Shit! I really loved this film. After
hearing plenty of praise for the film I was expecting a good film but
this bordered on great. One of the finest and most original
Psychological Thrillers I have seen in years. Soderbergh's tightly wound
film unfolds beautifully during its duration with plenty of twists and
turns that are sure shock audiences.
Steven Soderbergh's career
has been that has honestly seemed a little under appreciated. Sure, he's
had mainstream success with the likes of the 'Oceans' trilogy and
'Traffic', but for the better part of the last decade the man has gone
almost completely under the radar. If this really is the man's final
hour (Which I don't think it will be) its an incredible way to go out.
Effects' is a film that features an immaculate attention to detail.
It's plot is carefully constructed and, in my opinion, never really
looses its way and is able to maintain a strong of mystery and suspense
throughout. I have heard some complain about the films climax and that
it doesn't fit the films tone, while this may be true to an extent it
really did not bother me as I thought the film ended the exact way it
should of. Scott Z Burns' script is terrific, very intelligent writing.
Soderbergh's Direction is great as always and he really gives the film
that psychological edge. One of my favorite aspects of this film was
Thomas Newman's beautifully haunting score that complements the film
The film also benefits from some fantastic
performances. I honestly used to not enjoy the work of Jude Law but that
was before I saw 'Gattaca' and 'Closer' now I love this guy! What a
brilliant performer he is and what a terrific showing he gave in this
film, a great and complex performance. Rooney Mara, this can't be the
same girl from that horrid remake of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street', I love
this girl more and more every time I see her, After a great performance
in 'The Social Network' and a phenomenal one in 'The Girl with the
Dragon Tattoo' Mara has followed them up with another articulate and
superb performance, she just keeps getting better and I can not wait to
see what she does in the future. Rounding out the central cast is
Channing Tatum, who continues a trend of fine performances, and
Catherine Zeta Jones, who is just okay here.
I really, really
liked 'Side Effects', I was constantly enthralled and in suspense
throughout and features some fantastic performances from Law and Mara,
as well as being a great ''goodbye'' for Steven Soderbergh, a first
class psychological thriller.