Side Effects (2013)

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Steven Soderbergh‘s latest (and apparently last) feature film is a thriller that is as astute, shifty and sinister as its protagonists.

Emily Taylor’s (Rooney Mara) husband (Martin, played by Channing Tatum) has just been released from prison after serving four years for insider trading. A few days later Emily tries to commit suicide by driving her car into a wall. Whilst convalescing at the hospital, she meets Dr Jonathan Banks (Jude Law), a psychiatrist who puts her on a new drug called Ablixa. Turns out that this drug is one bitter pill to swallow.

A slow pan that eventually hones in on a particular window of a huge building (straight out of Psycho) announces from the very beginning that this is going to be a Hitchcockian potboiling undertaking. There is suspense and suspicion, there is a kitchen knife and also one big McGuffin that, true to its raison d’ĂŞtre, pretends to be that which it is not. The acting is top notch. Ms Mara towers over and above an excellent cast, the hows and whys of which I will not go into because it’s impossible to do justice to her performance without revealing too much of the plot. Suffice it to say that not one blink of an eye is wasted in her interpretation of Emily.

Warning: So good it may cause dizziness.


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