Side Effects

March 3rd, 2013

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Side Effects

A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 7.5/10 (4,965 voted)

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, after conferring with her previous doctor, eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa. The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to Emily killing her husband in a "sleepwalking" state. With Emily plea-bargained into mental hospital confinement and Dr. Banks' practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. However, Dr. Banks cannot accept full responsibility and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what's left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy.

Taglines: This is your insanity on drugs.


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Filming Locations: Yonkers Stages - 291 Tuckahoe Road, Yonkers, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,303,145 (USA) (8 February 2013)

Gross: $25,253,516 (USA) (22 February 2013)

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Did You Know?

Reported to be Steven Soderbergh's final film as a director. See more »

Martin Taylor: Be careful.
Emily Taylor: Why?
Martin Taylor: There are side effects.
Emily Taylor: There always are. Side effects.
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User Review

Soderbergh Does Drugs and Does Them Well

Rating: 8/10

Side Effects is a psychological thriller centered around the pharmaceutical industry. I won't say much more for fear of spoiling anything, but let's just say an experimental drug prescription goes... haywire. ;)

Steven Soderbergh crafts his suspense from the very first frame with a perfect start for the film. The plot then pulls us in and keeps us guessing as the mystery slowly unfolds. The cast meshes wonderfully. Jude Law delivers a strong lead as the frustrated psychiatrist and Rooney Mara is mysterious and unpredictable. My only complaint is the performances were not as dramatic as they could have been. Mara was excellent at portraying her character's cold and lifeless depression, but I have seen what she is really capable of (Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), and she could have definitely reached those heights with this type of character. Nonetheless, a fine set of performances all around, but they take a back seat to the intoxicating narrative.

So is Side Effects Soderbergh's last hurrah? I certainly hope not, as it's probably my favorite film of his. I do wish Soderbergh got more range out of Mara, but the result is a satisfying and expertly-woven psychological drama packed with twists and turns.

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