Saturday, June 22, 2013

Now at Netflix: Side Effects (2013)

Side Effects (2013) - Directed by Steven Soderbergh; Written by Scott Z. Burns; Starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum, Vinessa Shaw.

By Kenny Howell

Why can't Rooney Mara just do a movie where she finds a nice boy and settles down?

Mara plays Emily, a woman who attempts suicide after her husband gets out of jail. She is placed on a anti-depression drug, and the side effects have some tragic consequences.

That's really all I want to give away because Soderbergh takes this movie on several twists and turns, and to spoil too much wouldn't be much fun. Just know that it is a solid mystery that unfolds quite well.  That has become Soderbergh's MO lately. Just make solid movies that don't reach for great heights, but do all the little things right.

In addition to Netflix, Side Effects is available at Redbox, iTunes and Amazon Prime Instant.

Rating: ***

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