At the movies: Side Effects
Emily Taylor and her husband, Martin, had been living large until he went to prison for insider trading. His imprisonment and her change of lifestyle threw Emily into a funk so she started seeing a psychiatrist. When Martin is released from prison, Emily’s depression doesn’t lift and, since she’s moved, she begins seeing a new psychiatrist – Dr. Banks. When nothing else works, he tries Emily on a newly released drug, Ablixa. When Emily does something unimaginable, the drug’s side effects are blamed. Dr. Banks comes under fire for prescribing the drug for Emily and he’s determined to get to the bottom of things and clear his name.
Even though I’d seen the trailer for Side Effects before I went to see it, I had no idea what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie. It’s a little strange, to be sure, and full of twists and turns, but I was fully engaged and never got bored. I thought about the movie for several days after I saw it and did question one aspect of it, but overall, I think it’s well worth seeing.
I thought both Rooney Mara (Emily) and Jude Law (Dr. Banks) played their roles very well. After this movie and The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, I’m officially a fan or Mara’s. Channing Tatum had a very small role as Emily’s husband, Martin, and it seemed he was just there for eye candy, not that I’m complaining. I thought Catherine Zeta-Jones as Emily’s first doctor was an odd choice and their attempts to play down her beauty were rather pointless and distracting.
If you like movies with twists and turns that keep you guessing you may want to see this one in the theater.