Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Side Effects

A young woman (Rooney Mara) sinks into an insurmountable spiral of anxiety and depression following the return of her husband (Channing Tatum) from a white collar prison. Seeing a respected psychiatrist (Jude Law) on the recommendation of her hometown therapist (Catherine Zeta-Jones), she is placed on a new psychotropic drug which leads to a bizarre tragedy and a catastrophic fallout for the good doctor. "Side Effects" is said to be Steven Soderbergh's final film, and although I don't believe it will be, it would be a great loss to the industry if it is. Reteaming with his "Informant" and "Contagion" screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, Soderbergh again show why he is one of the most versatile filmmakers, here crafting a nice little measured and twisty crime thriller. Mara once more is completely captivating and Law delivers an impressive performance as a desperate and intelligent man, unwittingly backed into a corner.