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’, 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 thoughts on “140 words: Side Effects

  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!!

    1. Incentive! I haven’t stopped watching movies since I have been here so there are a number of reviews in the pipeline! The Poughkeepsie Tapes is one of them…

    1. I really did enjoy it for many points of the movie, especially the Psycho-inspired scene near the beginning, but by the end I thought ‘enough is enough’! Thanks by the way!

    1. You say that but I thought he was amazing in Magic Mike, and in 21 Jump Street he was alright as well! But Zeta, she is not good anymore and should feel bad for her performance.

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