I’ll Wait For The DVD: Side Effects

Posted: June 13, 2013 in I'll Wait For The DVD, Movies, Reviews
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Sometimes you just don’t get around to catching a flick


Side Effects (d. Steven Soderbergh)

So why didn’t I see it in the theater?  Well, to be honest, it just looked a little boring and there was other stuff out that I wanted to see more.  I kept putting it off and ultimately decided that it would just have to wait.

So why did I buy the DVD?  Because I have a sickness called compulsive Blu-ray/DVD buying.  Seriously though, there were a few reasons.  It’s allegedly Soderbergh’s last feature film and, unlike many of my friends, I’ve actually rather enjoyed his last few movies such as Haywire and Contagion.  At some point, I was able to pick it up for $10 so I decided to pull the trigger on a purchase.

So was it worth it?  I’m going to have to say, “No.”  I probably should have saved 5 bucks and just bought it on demand.  The acting is fine and it looks good but the story ultimately felt a bit flat to me.  One of the things that kept me from seeing it in the theaters was that I thought it would be about prescription drugs and ‘Big Pharma’ and that didn’t really seem too interesting to me.  As it turns out, that was the most fascinating part of the movie.  Once it turned into a paint-by-numbers psychological thriller, I lost interest.

So what’s it about?  A young woman (Rooney Mara) is excited that her husband (Channing Tatum) is being released from prison after serving four years for insider trading.  She suffered a miscarriage while he was incarcerated and has been battling depression.  His release does nothing to relieve her malaise and ultimately she purposefully drives her car into the concrete wall of a parking garage.  A doctor (Jude Law) on call in the emergency room recognizes her illness and she agrees to visit him for treatment.  They try different meds before they settle on an experimental new drug known to cause sleepwalking.  A terrible accident occurs shortly after that puts her freedom on the line and the doctor’s career in jeopardy.

So what’s the grade?  I really hope this isn’t Soderbergh’s last movie.  It’s not terrible but it’s not a particularly great way to close out his cinematic career.  There’s just nothing special here.  If you like stars, I gave it 3 out of 5.  If you like grades, it’s a solid C+.

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