Side Effects (2013) Film Review

My review of Steven Soderbergh’s SIDE EFFECTS, slated to be the director’s final theatrical film before retirement. Starring Rooney Mara as Emily Taylor, a woman crippled by depression and medication for said disability, and Channing Tatum as her husband Martin, Soderbergh’s film is a welcome meditation on Hitchcockian thrillers in film. Yet writer Scott Z. Burns’s script goes deeper, inverting genre expectation through multiple twists and particularly clever, incisive dialogue. Performances are strong all around, marking SIDE EFFECTS, released in early 2013, as a sad but appreciable final Soderbergh feature.

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