140 words: Side Effects

Side-Effects-Final-UKQuad1A young, depressed woman has her life collapse around her when the drugs she was prescribed by her psychiatrist have some extremely unwanted side effects.

Soderbergh’s self-proclaimed ‘last movie’,Β Side Effects owes a large debt to the classic thrillers of the 1950s, and almost glorifies itself as being Hitchcockian in style and tone. A winding narrative that initially delivers some intriguing twists and turns, unfortunately ends up in contrived places.

Performances were solid from Law and Mara, as psychiatrist and patient, however Tatum was redundant and Zeta Jones, Law’s psychiatrist friend, overacted her way throughout. Fortunately the cinematography and score kept the movie compelling, regardless of its flaws.

Side Effects was a decent enough watch, especially for free on a transatlantic flight, however it won’t blow any minds. You’re honestly better off searching out some Hollywood Era Hitchcock.

PSA, end of word count: Apologies for dropoff of content, Lauren is on holiday and I have moved to San Francisco for 2 months. We promise to get back on top of things ASAP!

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12 replies

  1. “Apologies for dropoff of content, Lauren is on holiday and I have moved to San Francisco for 2 months. We promise to get back on top of things ASAP!”

    CHOP CHOP!!

  2. A very crazy movie, but it’s so much fun that you can’t help but enjoy it all. Good review.

  3. Agreed! Decent enough but gets too wrapped up in itself and becomes a bit of a mess. Decent performances though, Zeta-Jones aside.

  4. “Zeta Jones, Law’s psychiatrist friend, overacted her way throughout.”

    I so agree with you on that one.

  5. I enjoyed this one. Zeta Jones got on my nerves, though. Oh, and Channing Tatum but he always does. πŸ™‚

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