Side Effects

Side Effects

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Cast: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law

     
 

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Rooney Mara stars as Emily Taylor; her husband Martin (Channing Tatum) is a young businessman who, as the film opens, is soon to be released from prison after serving a few years for financial fraud. Overcome with stress, the mentally fragile Emily performs a quasi-suicide attempt and is put in the care of Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law), a workaholic psychiatrist who…  See more details below

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Rooney Mara stars as Emily Taylor; her husband Martin (Channing Tatum) is a young businessman who, as the film opens, is soon to be released from prison after serving a few years for financial fraud. Overcome with stress, the mentally fragile Emily performs a quasi-suicide attempt and is put in the care of Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law), a workaholic psychiatrist who convinces Emily to see him once a week for therapy. Jonathan is intrigued enough by Emily's story to seek counsel from her former therapist, Dr. Victoria Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones). One night Emily commits a horrific act that she claims not to remember because she was taking the medication prescribed to her by Jonathan, leading to a very public legal battle that leads to Jonathan taking a major public blow to his reputation. This turn of events prompts the chastened doctor to look deeper into Emily's past. Directed by Steven Soderbergh from a script by his regular collaborator Scott Z. Burns.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Steven Soderbergh often fills what seem to be his lightest projects with unexpectedly meaty themes, but while his psychological thriller Side Effects features hot-button issues like mental health, drug companies, and the country's economic woes, it's more or less a straightforward popcorn movie -- a smart piece of escapist entertainment. Rooney Mara stars as Emily Taylor; her husband Martin (Channing Tatum) is a young businessman who, as the film opens, is soon to be released from prison after serving a few years for financial fraud. Overcome with stress, the mentally fragile Emily performs a quasi-suicide attempt and is put in the care of Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law), a workaholic psychiatrist who convinces Emily to see him once a week for therapy. Jonathan is intrigued enough by Emily's story to seek counsel from her former therapist, Dr. Victoria Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones). One night Emily commits a horrific act that she claims not to remember because she was taking the medication prescribed to her by Jonathan. This leads to a criminal and ethical examination of the psychiatrist that digs up past indiscretions and also forces him to eventually consider that he might not be getting the whole story from his patient. Side Effects is the third collaboration between Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns. Their first, The Informant!, was a quirky satirical gem about an inveterate liar. Contagion, their follow-up, was an expert ensemble thriller about a global pandemic that was subtly laced with some strong social and political commentary. While this film has elements of both of those movies -- it's full of people you're never sure you can trust, and for the first half or so, it's a quietly disturbing thriller -- it's also the most conventional of the three. When you've cobbled together a cast this solid, conventional isn't a bad thing whatsoever. Jude Law plays a seemingly good man who may have gotten himself in over his head thanks to his ambition. Only a few times since Law transitioned from uncommonly beautiful leading man to consistently dependable character actor has he been given the chance to play a regular dude, and to watch Jonathan's calm, patient exterior slowly crack is a great reminder of his talents. Mara has the showiest role here, and she proves yet again -- like in her turn as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and her breakout supporting performance in The Social Network -- that for someone who appears so physically slight, she has a strong presence and can hold the screen with anybody. She makes stillness both mysterious and engrossing. Those two adjectives also aptly describe the film itself. With its tight close-ups and casual big-city backdrop, the movie's visuals certainly recall Roman Polanski in top form -- there's a loving homage to Rosemary's Baby right at the start of Side Effects. The picture tickles you throughout with a sense of relentless unease; you know something is wrong, but can't figure out what it is until Soderbergh and Burns are ready to play out the characters' various endgames. By Soderbergh's own admission, this may very well be his final theatrical film. If that turns out to be true, there's something poetically perverse about the fact that after a career balancing critically lauded efforts (sex, lies, and videotape, Out of Sight, The Limey), odd detours (Bubble, The Girlfriend Experience, Schizopolis), formally challenging movies (The Good German, Che, Kafka), and blockbuster Hollywood hits and award winners (Erin Brockovich, Traffic, The Ocean's franchise), he'd choose to bow out with the closest thing he's made to a solid, straightforward genre flick.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
UPC:
0025192158230
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
18,263

Special Features

Behind the scenes of Side Effects; Ablixa commercial; Intenin commercial

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rooney Mara Emily Taylor
Channing Tatum Martin Taylor
Jude Law Dr. Jonathan Banks
Catherine Zeta-Jones Dr. Victoria Siebert
Ann Dowd Martin's Mother
Vinessa Shaw Dierdre Banks
Carmen Pelaez Prison Desk Guard
Marin Ireland Upset Visitor
Polly Draper Emily's Boss
Haraldo Alvarez Garage Attendant
Jimmy Martinez Police Officer at Hospital
Vladimir Versailles Augustin
Jacqueline Antaramian Desk Nurse
Michelle Vergara Moore Joan
Katie Lowes Conference Organizer
David Costabile Carl
Mamie Gummer Kayla
Steven Platt Bartender
Victor Cruz NYPD Officer Beahan
Elizabeth Rodriguez Pharmacist
Peter Friedman Banks Partner #1
Andrea Bogart Drug Rep
Laila Robins Banks Partner #2
Mitchell Michaliszyn Ezra Banks
Elizabeth Rich Banks Patient #1
Roderick Rodriguez Paramedic #1
Mark Weekes Paramedic #2
Scott Shepherd NYPD Detective
Michael Nathanson Assistant District Attorney
Timothy Klein Transporting Officer Klein
Sheila Tapia Emily's Attorney
Josh Elliott GMA Anchor
Sasha Bardey Dr. Peter Joubert
Ashley A. Morrison Reporter #1
Steve Lacy Reporter #2
Ken Marks Banks Patient #2
Devin Ratray Banks Patient #3
Russell Jones Jeffery Childs
Munro M. Bonnell Judge #1
Susan Gross Susan
Debbie Friedlander Wards Island Administrator
Ilyana Kadushin ECT Patient
Johnny Sanchez ECT Nurse
Nicole Ansari Disturbed Patient on Phone
La Chanze Wards Island Desk Nurse
Alice Niedermair-Ludwig Wards Island Nurse
Craig Mums Grant Wards Island Orderly
Davenia McFadden Judge #2
Raymond DeBendictis Arresting Officer
J. Claude Deering Zach

Technical Credits
Steven Soderbergh Director
Peter Andrews Cinematographer
Sasha Bardey Co-producer,Consultant/advisor
Mary Ann Bernard Editor
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura Producer
Scott Z. Burns Producer,Screenwriter
Carmen Cuba Casting
Howard Cummings Production Designer
Barbara DeLeonardis Co-producer
Douglas E. Hansen Executive Producer
Gregory Jacobs Asst. Director,Producer
Miguel Lopez-Castillo Art Director
Susan Lyall Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Patrick B. O'Brien Camera Operator
Michael Polaire Executive Producer
Cassandra Saulter Makeup
James D. Stern Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Side Effects
1. Scene 1 [5:24]
2. Scene 2 [2:34]
3. Scene 3 [5:06]
4. Scene 4 [5:16]
5. Scene 5 [5:16]
6. Scene 6 [6:57]
7. Scene 7 [4:06]
8. Scene 8 [2:55]
9. Scene 9 [6:54]
10. Scene 10 [6:59]
11. Scene 11 [6:48]
12. Scene 12 [5:19]
13. Scene 13 [5:43]
14. Scene 14 [6:26]
15. Scene 15 [5:26]
16. Scene 16 [5:07]
17. Scene 17 [7:56]
18. Scene 18 [4:12]
19. Scene 19 [4:49]
20. Scene 20 [2:54]

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