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Side Effects

Year : 2013 Director : Stephen Soderbergh Running Time : 106 minutes Genre :
Movie review score
4/5

What’s it about?
The life of a young woman (Rooney Mara) spirals out of control after her husband (Channing Tatum) returns from prison and she starts taking a new drug prescribed by her psychiatrist (Jude Law).

What did we think?
Hilary says: Hands up if you like a well-woven thriller with a good twist or three… That’s all you really need to consider if you are questioning whether to see this. It’s hard to even talk about the film without major spoilers. What I can say is that Side Effects is a classy production, thanks to director Steven Soderbergh’s (Traffic and We Need To Talk About Kevin) renowned talents. As the lost young wife Emily, Mara (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) shows her range, proving she really is one to watch. Law puts in a solid, if predictable, performance as her doctor, and Catherine Zeta-Jones takes an impressive turn as Emily’s cool former psychiatrist. With so much to choose from at the cinema right now, you could wait for Side Effects (and it’s lack of visual candy) to come out on DVD but it’s still definitely worth your time.

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