Side Effects [Blu-ray]
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Sure there are a few things that don't quite follow, but if you are a fan of the old Hitchcock and Twilight Zone episodes, you will appreciate this suspenseful puzzler of a movie. Centered around a psychiatrist, his depressed patient, and a fictional medication, things devolve into a murder which we witness. From there, we are never quite sure what is true and what is not. Entertaining, suspenseful, and sure, a few loose ends but who's counting? A fun way to spend an evening, and after the show, you can explain the twists to our companion!
This story is very well acted by all with Jones (Dr. Seibert) and Law (Dr. Banks) taking their roles to heart and their co stars preforming equally well. The direction and the story is where this movie takes a hit by allowing the typical Hollyweird junk in to spoil this story somewhat.
I will try to be careful and not spoil to much if any of the story by detailing the rediculous actions that the director/writer allowed to take place. I know they do some of these stupid things so the can keep the stars in the spotlight and or directly involved in the story, but come on lets try and get somewhat real! Dr. Banks has a ethical and moral conflict with his patient Emily (Rooney Mara) that has caused him so much trouble and yet he is still treating her? Dr. Banks does some pretty crazy things that shall we just say are a little OTT (over the top) and not very well planned or thought out for his problems. The DA's actions and reactions to Dr. Banks initial meeting about his findings involving Emily's case was not quite believable considering what he did. The DA just wanted to forget about everything and let to case run its course. WTH?
The story was not as well thought through as it should have been and instead of a really intelligent and thought provoking thriller with an extremly talented and attractive cast we have a good thriller with an extremly talented and attractive cast.Read more ›
This film could have been so much better. The plot is interesting and fairly intricate enough to draw you in. I think the casting was the issue. First, if you are a Tatum fan, he has nothing to do here. He barely appears and is dead early on. A little more development of Mara and Tatums's relationship might have been helpful. There is a flashback that attempts to do this but it is not fleshed out. Rooney Mara is excellent at developing her character from severely depressed to calculating. Jude Law does a good job of keeping you on the fence about just who he is. Is he a good guy? Is he a competent doctor or a little careless and money-grabbing? Perhaps he is just a little attracted to Rooney, the desperate little bird?Read more ›
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If you don't think this movie isn't worth 5 stars then you didn't watch the whole movie. I thought I had it figured out but I didn't until almost the end, but then, BANG! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Dee
Unfortunately, this blu-Ray didn't play on me equipment. I have ordered Side/Effects in regular DVD format.Published 1 day ago by Ralph E. West Jr.
Very predictable. I expected better from the cast, but I suppose good acting cannot save a poor script.Published 3 days ago by K. Dalton
Drs are in a catch-22 position. If they don't recommend what special interests have funded to be the standard of treatment, they can sued. Read morePublished 6 days ago by rotrig
Lots of twists and turns... hard to know who the good guys and bad guys are. And the actors are all great/easy to watch.Published 6 days ago by Lynda S
An okay thriller. It has a lot of twists in it. The problem is that the ending doesn't work. I don't know how to explain why hypothetically, though, so here's a spoiler: SPOILER... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Molly McGee