Flash Movie Review: Side Effects

This past summer I was prescribed an anti-inflammatory drug due to an injury I had on an amusement park roller coaster. That turned out to be my last roller coaster ride. The drug wreaked havoc with my digestive system to the point I never finished the prescription. I decided to take matters into my own hands. Just as I tell my fitness classes, when it comes to our bodies, I believe in the use it or lose it philosophy. I see the body as a medicine cabinet stored with antidotes to a a variety of ailments. When I sense something is different, such as a stuffy nose or scratchy throat; I begin a battle plan of tried natural remedies to combat the invading bugs. I prefer taking the least amount of drugs as possible; but that is just me. After seeing this movie, you better believe I will stay with my methods. In this psychological thriller Emily Taylor, played  by Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network), was prescribed a new antidepressant with side effects that drastically altered her life and the lives of the people around her. Channing Tatum (Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street) was Emily’s supportive husband Martin Taylor. Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes franchise, Cold Mountain) played Dr. Jonathan Banks, whose methods came into question for prescribing the antidepressant. Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago, Broken City) was Emily’s former doctor, Victoria Siebert. It has been reported that director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven franchise, Traffic) has said this would be his last movie to direct. Based on this film, it would be a shame if audiences were to be deprived of his keen sense of pacing and layering of a story. This movie had a few twists along the way that swelled into a a dramatic turn of events. I thought the cast did an excellent job, especially Rooney and Jude. If anything, I wished Soderbergh had pushed even more intensity out of his actors. This film may not be the ultimate pinnacle of Steven’s career; but he certainly can leave with his head held high for this spiraling mystery of a thriller. Brief scene with blood.


3 1/4 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on February 13, 2013, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. I might have missed it from earlier, you teach fitness classes ?

    • Yes I do teach fitness classes: yoga, cycling and strength. I believe it is mentioned under the page “about moviejoltz” at the top of my site. Who would have thought I would be teaching group fitness classes since I flunked P.E. twice in high school. lol

  2. I liked Side Effects very much as I said in my review. It was interesting watching characters describing experiences with SSRIs. One thing they didn’t delve into is that its nothing to be ashamed about, needing help that is. Anyway the twists and turns are good. I’ve seen it twice.

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  4. Going towards your personal story, I’m less inclined to take generics after reading an article in Fortune about how close a generic has to work versus the original.

    That being said I’m like you. I tend to start with Vitamin C supplements when I start to feel under the weather and only go to a doctor to get a prescription if I’m not getting better or getting worse.

    On topic, good review.

  5. I am the same way as you first I try the home remedies, do not want my body to get use to or alter it. I want to see this, your review helped, I didn’t know about Soderbergh so sad if is his last movie, will check it out the weekend.

  6. Cissy Schoenfeld

    Loved your review on Side Effects. I thought it was a clever mystery and held my interest until the very end. Your review was right on. Keep up the good work and I hope that you will be the next Siskal, and when you get invited to the Oscars, take me along with you.

    • Thank you for your comments and I am glad you liked the movie. If the Oscar committee has an opening for two seat fillers, I will keep you in mind. Take care.

  7. A very nice movie! Thank you for the recommendation! Spoiler, do not read further!

    Only sorry they didn’t take it a bit further, incorporating a more effective social comment on perscribed drug usage. That would have added both to the impact of the story outcome, instead of just vindicating the doctor.

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