Directed by Steven Soderbergh and staring, Rooney mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the story follows a woman who has sunk into depression due to her husband being taken away to prison, she starts taking prescribed drugs which have some strange side effects.
Reportedly this is to be Soderbergh’s last film, at least from a director’s stand point, if this is the case then he has left the building very much with his head held high.
In terms of plot for this film, it is hard to know what to say and what not to say. In a interview with Jude Law when he was promoting this film he struggled to talk about the plot of it, he simply said this film has so many twists and turns that he would regret saying something to spoil it. This is exactly how I feel about it, you have the base of the plot, a woman just married has her husband arrested and put in jail for four years. He is then released and put back into society with her, from which she sinks into depression and starts seeing physiatrist about her problems, he prescribes her different drugs to take which have side effects. If I were to say anymore it would ruin the film and this is one you will need to see.
In terms of casting, this is very much out of the type cast that some of the actors play, Jude Law gives an amazing performance unlike anything we have seen from him before, Tatum plays his part well as well as Zeta-Jones. However the real star of this film is Rooney Mara, she is outstandingly good, engaging performance and totally unexpected.
The script it’s self deals a lot with the deeper working of the human mind, if you are a fan and interested in this subject then you must see this film.
I really hope this is not his last film as this was one of the most intelligent pieces of work I have had the joy of seeing in a long time and plan to watch again once out on DVD.
OVERALL***** There is nothing wrong with this film just everything is so right, intelligence, performances and a plot that will demand your attention or forever be lost in the creative genius that is Side Effects.