Note: The following post contains no significant advances of the plot or the end of the film.
In this 2013 Steven Soderbergh illuminates the big screen once again with Side Effects a thriller filled with an unpredictable suspense that surely will delight more than one viewer. The film tells the story of Emily Taylor a woman that constantly goes in and out of a depression disorder, when her husband is released from prison, contrary to the expected, Emily worsens and her mood acquires suicidal instincts, at that time she meets the psychiatrist Jonathan Banks and starts treatment, when he sees the initially recommended drug has not greater effects on Emily, the doctor involves her in a study of a nascent drug in the market, however Banks couldn’t anticipate the side effects of the drug on the patient and on his own life.
When you watch this film, you will think that the synopsis above is incomplete, but is not worth damage a good movie by giving too many details. Side effects can have an adverse begining, is slow and for a moment does not promise much, but the story changes gradually and what for a minute looked flat and boring is transformed and gives life to a complex history that the viewer cannot become unstuck. The plot is attractive because it does not deal with ordinary people, on the contrary, we are witnessing the shots and movements of very fearless, very astute and…very twisted people.
In visual terms we cannot speak of a very sophisticated photography, but in the end it’s not so important, simplicity doesn’t affects the plot, although, talk of simplicity is going too fast: there is a general aesthetic suggestive the human tedium and the urban, this is complemented with a certain warm and dreary filter that appears and disappears along the film.
The performances are very good, it should be noted that none of the actors play the role of their career with this film, but this is because they already had more outstanding roles and is logical with such a cast: Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones , Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum, all give a particular contribution to the story, but in the case of Law, Mara and Zeta-Jones there is an implicit complicity: everybody knows that they’re in a “game”, they smell the intentions of the players but none exposes their cards openly, this enriches the script a lot.
Zerororojo recommends it! Very good plot, unpredictable end, good actors and good pace. It should be noted that in a kind of background gives a message about the use of prescription drugs and portrays an increasingly society dependending on these substances to maintain a minimum of tranquility in its everyday life…oh this chaotic era!