I Got It at the Video Store: Side Effects

Side Effects Poster

“The hopelessness you’re feeling is just a symptom,”  Dr. Jonathan Banks (a studious Jude Law ) tells a young woman (a revelatory Rooney Mara) exhibiting the classic signs of depression. “A psychologist once said, Depression is an inability to construct a future.’ But you have a future. At home, with Martin.”

To tell anymore would spoil the ingenious screenplay by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum) which is both a disturbing reflection of our modern  pill-happy culture and a deft little thriller with carefully crafted performances from the entire cast (whch also includes Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum.)

Besides, it is directed by Steven Soderbergh and when has he ever steered you wrong? (On second thought, if you’ve seen The Girlfriend Experience or Ocean’s Twelve. don’t answer that question.)

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