Steven Soderbergh's new film Side Effects opened today and i saw it. Although the first half hour or so is a little slow, the film picks up the pace thereafter and just gets better and better. Side Effects is a paranoid thriller to end all paranoid thrillers. It has more twists and turns than a rattlesnake, so I won't say much about the plot. Rooney Mara plays a young wife, Emily Taylor, whose husband has just finished a prison sentence for securities fraud. Mara turned in another great performance, in a class with her great work in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Emily seeks help for clinical depression from a psychiatrist, played by the always excellent Jude Law. The doctor prescribes a new on the market anxiety mediation for her and therein lies the rest of the tale, which I won't even hint at. I will add that Kathryn Zeta Jones plays another shrink who had treated Emily earlier. After at first wondering what had convinced me to see another disappointing Soderbergh film, I ended up loving it. Highly recommended, 8 Stars out of 10. Had Side Effects hit its stride a little more quickly, I might have given it 10 Stars out of 10.
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