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Martin Taylor (Channing Tatum) makes a big mistake when he commits insider dealing to become rich quick. He's caught and sent to prison. His young wife, Emily (Rooney Mara), accustomed to the high life, waits patiently while he serves his time but life is not all 'jet-set' when he comes out. After Emily purposely drives her car straight into a solid wall and is hospitalised, she is seen by Dr Jonathan Banks (Jude Law), a psychiatrist. Emily tells him she's suffered depression and saw a psychiatrist once before, a Dr Victoria Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones), and gives him permission to consult with her. Emily is prescribed tablets which she insists have awful side effects but could she take 'Ablixa' that a friend says works well for depression? Dr Banks prescribes the drug and Emily, zombie-like, knifes her husband to death. She insists she knows nothing about it. The thing is, the police want someone to blame so either Emily is a murderer or Dr Banks is liable.
While Side Effects (2013) is exciting enough, certainly when it picks up pace after the half-way mark, I didn't think it was exactly 'edge of your seat' stuff as it says on the Blu-ray box. But, to be fair, it would take a lot more to make me bite my knuckles or hide behind a cushion - if anything could nowadays. Even so, Steven Soderbergh's latest attempt at pulling his audience into his story is pretty good stuff and I loved the twists in the plot. I didn't see them coming; not all of them. The movie falls easily into the categories of 'conspiracy/revenge/psychological thriller'.
Catherine Zeta-Jones is just superb in the role of Dr Siebert - that actress goes from strength to strength and, interestingly, there are parallels between Side Effects (2013) and her husband's, Michael Douglas', Behind the Candelabra (2013). Rooney Mara was fine as Emily; but I am sorry to say that I thought Jude Law felt wrong. His character felt too lightweight and too flippant with his liberty, his lifestyle, his 'all' at risk. While I really like Jude Law, I couldn't help but wonder who I might have preferred in the role and Colin Farrell came to mind - Farrell can portray such a tender personality and switch to vengeful, as if at the flip of a switch.
As I mentioned, I watched this on Blu-ray. The sound and visuals were just fine, as you would expect from a recent movie, nothing particularly outstanding about it though, and there are a few extras which failed to interest me. I have to say that, nowadays, with digital copies and UV copies being out on the market, I felt disappointed that all I got with the Blu-ray was the Blu-ray. I expect too much, I suppose.
The movie itself, however, was not disappointing.
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