Side Effects

Side_EffectsSteven Soderbergh's latest film exceeds expectations and installs itself as a must watch for all fans of the director or its stars Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jude Law. 

The film opens with the end of what seems to be the remains of a violent scene. Martin (Channing Tatum) returns to his wife Emily (Rooney Mara) after serving term for insider trading. But the reunion did not turn out as well as expected. Emily worries so much about her husband who seems to have fallen into bad influence in jail that it sparked off depression. Psychiatrist Dr Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) attends to her with unexpected side effects when the antidepressant of Ablixa is prescribed.

In particular, Mara's performance as a fearful depressed woman is excellent, aided by those huge disc-like eyes after a disappointing performance with the American The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

The usual debate about drugs and their side effects, the fair prescription of drugs and the will versus medicine enter in the picture too. However, the issues are raised but conclusions are carefully avoided altogether.

Nonetheless, the film establishes itself as yet another one of Soderbergh's masterpieces. Too bad the director has let word out that this would be his finale work as he plans to retire from movies at the early age of 50. He would still be doing TV film Behind the Candelabra this year though. 

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