“Side Effects”

February 16th, 2013 at 11:33 am by under A Look at the Movies

Three-StarRated R
2 Hours
Starring: Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones

I ask you, can the side effects from an experimental anti-depressant drug be an excuse for murder? How’s that for an intriguing who Dunn it?

Director Steven Soderbergh’s gripping psychological thriller happens to be a very stylish mystery, with the gifted Rooney Mara giving an exceptional performance, with or without medication. She suffers from extreme anxiety. Mara gives one of the most realistic performances you’ll ever see as an over the edge nervous wreck.

No wonder Psychiatrist Jude Law figures that popping a potent pill might do her some good. “Side Effects” plays games with your head and makes subtle statements about the unholy alliance between doctors and dug companies.

All the while you’re never quite sure exactly what’s going on in her head. You might even need a sedative to settle your nerves once the motives become clear. The way the picture keeps you guessing, it would be a crime to deny “Side Effects” a very deserving 3 stars.

You, the audience may suffer one side effect. You’ll want to kick yourself for not figuring out the very tricky ending.

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