Side Effects was a surprise. Side Effects will make you think. It’s not a shoot-em-up, no smashing cars, flying bullets or martial arts. But you have to have a brain to keep up with the path of the characters and with the plot in general.
Imagine you are a man just being released from prison, you’re excited to see your loving wife in a free environment, life starts over, it’s all good again, but there’s one thing standing in the way. She’s crazy.
That’s the premise upon which the picture grabs the attention of the viewer, but it doesn’t stop there. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a movie with as many twists and turns as this, especially as the picture moves on beyond the halfway point. The movie title appropriately identifies the crux of the problem issues within the story.
In general, it’s about justice, mental illness, deceit, psychiatric drugs, doctors and loyalty. Even, murder.
Acting is superb. Channing Tatum and Rooney Mara (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) star as the reunited couple. Catherine Zeta Jones and Jude Law each play psychiatrists in diverse settings. It’s the second movie for Jude Law this year which shows the best side of his acting skills. His other: Anna Karenina. And naturally, the talented Zeta-Jones is always tough to watch.
This is a movie for thinkers. Keep up with the dialogue, catch the subtle cues. It will probably flop at the box office, which is a good sign for people who enjoy depth in their movies.