Side Effects

March 5, 2013 No Comments

So, you’ve seen ALL the Oscar films and are wondering what to do next?

Steven Soderberg has the answer for you!  His latest thriller ,Side Effects, is a darkly entertaining film made with all the depth and finesse that a director like Soderberg brings to the screen.  Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta Jones round out an intriguiing cast in a tale of psychiatric/pharmaceutical  intrigue with  enough  twists to satisfy a Hitchcock fan.  Who is “dirty”in Soderberg’s tainted worlds of Wall Street trading and the swarmy side of the mega drug companies?  Psychiatrists paid to prescribe?  Brokers who trade on inside information?  Patients who murder their husbands?  What?  Shhhhhhhhhh.  I gingerly report this film because I do not want to give away any of the “surprises” which are tos!sed our way as we make our path through the movie maze.

Needless to say, the wonder drug “Ablixa” turns out to be not so wonderful.  And that’s not the worst of it.  But Shhhhhhhhhh!   No spoilers revealed here.  Soderberg is one of our most creative directors, with films as varied as Sex, Lies and Videotape,  Ocean’s 11-13, the Informant, Contagion and Magic Mike (to name a few), that make it difficult to categorize !  Soderberg’s ongoing threats to retire from filmmaking at age 50 should suggest that we savor his intelligent if not smartly jaded moview while we can.

This is a must see movie, with or without meds!  Jolyn Wagner

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