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Emily and Martin are a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily's psychiatrist - intended to treat anxiety - has unexpected side effects.

Starring:
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kerry O'Malley
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 46 minutes
Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kerry O'Malley, Channing Tatum, Vinessa Shaw, Greg Paul, Vince Hickman, Polly Draper, Jude Law, Rooney Mara, David Costabile
Director Steven Soderbergh
Genres Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 29 July 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 46 minutes
Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kerry O'Malley, Channing Tatum, Vinessa Shaw, Greg Paul, Vince Hickman, Polly Draper, Jude Law, Rooney Mara, David Costabile
Director Steven Soderbergh
Genres Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 29 July 2013
Main languages English

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Format: Blu-ray
Emily (Rooney Mara) is clinically depressed. She has been seeing a psychologist (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Her white collar criminal husband (Channing Tatum) is getting out of jail, which leads to more depression. Having failed a suicide attempt, Emily is placed on medication and does the unthinkable. At this point the film goes into an odd mystery/thriller, one where everyone knows who done it. Just when you think you have it figured out, it twists, having more twists than Taylor Swift having break-up songs. Jude Law plays Dr. Jonathan Banks, a man caught in the middle of all of this.

I didn't know what to expect going into this feature. It is best not to read the reviews as it is impossible to write anything without giving away too much of the plot. If you like mystery thrillers with twists and clues that hurt your head like a Hitchcock masterpiece, this one will fit the bill. If you know anyone who takes meds for depression, then you can enjoy the film on a different level.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, sex, very brief nudity (Rooney Mara)
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Format: DVD
I don't want to give away anything about the plot as it is full of twists and turns and kept me guessing right until the end. I will say that Rooney Mara and Jude Law work beautifully together as patient and psychiatrist. This is the best performance I have ever seen from Jude Law. I hardly recognised Rooney Mara only ever having seen her play Lisbeth Salander. Here she plays a much more feminine and vulnerable character, Emily who is suffering from terrible depression and has had to cope with her husband (Channing Tatum) being sent to prison for insider-dealing. Law's character, Dr Banks, meets her after a suicide attempt and tries to get her back on track. Catherine Zeta Jones is perfect as sexy but stern fellow psychiatrist, Dr Siebert. An intelligent story based on the lawsuits against big drug companies we often read about. Side Effects is one of the best thrillers I have seen in years.
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By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 April 2013
Format: DVD
A beautiful young woman remains clinically depressed even after her husband is released from jail for insider training. A failed suicide attempt brings her to the attention of a caring but ambitious psychiatrist (Jude Law) and it seems we are set for an exposé of the US drug industry, by turns reducing everyone to casual pill popping, often ruining the lives of vulnerable patients whose sickness is relieved only at the price of grim side effects, and corrupting medical professionals in the process. In short, this starts off very much in the same vein as the director Soderbergh's crusading Erin Brockovich with its attack on corporate environmental polluters.

Halfway through, the film takes a sharp turn to become a complicated and fast-moving thriller of the type which causes you to risk missing a point if you spend too much time trying to work out the previous clue. It was entertaining at the time but left me feeling dissatisfied with too many somewhat implausible plot twists.

This is well-acted, skilfully filmed, is hard to review without giving away too much of the plot but would have been much more powerful if it had kept to the moral dilemmas of modern psychiatric medicine.
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Sometimes there are films where you don't know much about before you watch them. And, in this case, it's a good thing. I won't dwell too much on the plot as it's probably something you don't want/need to know about. The best part of the film is the fact that (hopefully) you won't know what's coming next.

I had to admit that I didn't like the film for the first half. I found it too depressing. It starts out with a woman who's down on her luck, but is hanging on to wait for her husband to be released from prison after being convicted of insider trading. She's depressed, naturally. And, for the purpose of the film, plays it convincingly, i.e. she makes anyone watching it feel pretty depressed, too.

In an attempt to treat this depression, she sees a psychiatrist (Jude Law) who prescribes her various prescription drugs to help her. However, there are some - unfortunate - side effects to this course of action.

And that's all I'll say about the plot. What you do need to know is that the film's tone sort of changes from `generally depressing' to a much sharper thriller with plenty of plot twists to keep you entertained.

Jude Law puts in an excellent performance (and I'm not normally a fan) and plays his part perfectly for what's required.

If you choose to watch this, just make sure you're in the right frame of mind before you do. If you're expecting anything vaguely light-hearted and frothy then don't watch this (right now). Be prepared for something much darker and bleaker and you'll definitely enjoy the ride.
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Format: Amazon Video
Definitely one to watch! Don't be fooled into thinking this is just another slow court room drama by the first 30 minutes of the film, stick with it you will be on the edge of your seat by the end.
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Steven Soderbergh’s intelligent and gripping thriller has more than a touch of Hitchcock as the film explores the often concealed and discreet relationship between psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies. When Rooney Mara’s Emily is referred to psychiatrist Dr. Banks (Jude Law) after driving her car into a wall he contacts her former therapist Dr. Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and during their discussions she suggests that Ablixa, a new medication on the market, might be helpful in controlling the symptoms of Emily’s depression. Unfortunately, the drug has unanticipated side effects resulting in fatal consequences leading to Emily’s incarceration and a media witch-hunt against Dr. Banks. Despite his world falling apart Dr. Banks is determined to discover the truth about the drug he proscribed and his investigations uncover some unexpected and unpalatable truths triggering an intriguing cat-and-mouse game as he strives to achieve justice for all involved. Although the movie undoubtedly lies in the thriller genre it also offers a cuttingly satirical glimpse at an overmedicated world where doctors serve as paid mouthpieces for pharmaceutical companies and the ingesting of mood-altering medications seem to be an accepted norm. The cinematography is superb, in particular the scenes showing the ‘poisonous fog’ of Emily’s depression while the quality of the acting is consistently high, especially Rooney Mara’s compelling performance as a vulnerable and unhinged woman. Highly Recommended.
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