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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Side Effects by Steven Soderbergh, 2013 (R)

with Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network), Jude Law (Anna Karenina, Breaking And Entering, Hugo, Sleuth, Contagion Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Channing Tatum (The Vow, Haywire), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Traffic, Ocean's Twelve), Vinessa Shaw (Puncture), Andrea Bogart, David Costabile (Solitary Man), Polly Draper
from the director of Out of Sight, Traffic, Haywire, Contagion, The Informant!, Erin Brockovich, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve

Emily copes with her depression by taking antidepressant medication. But when her dire state apparently spirals out of control due to her husband's prison release, she turns to a new medication that alters her life forever.

First, if you ever wonder if the actress who plays Emily is the actress that played in House of Cards, if it obsesses you all throughout the time you seated in the movie theater, it is entirely normal, and then normal as well that from time to time, you think then no, she is different. That's because it's her sister, Kate Mara. But the roles are so similar, their skin, eyes, and even facial expressions disturbingly alike, that I think what a director has to do now is to put them together in their next movie. These girls are really amazing, fragile and manipulative, you never know where to stand with them.
Ok, so that was one of the good part of the film. Now Catherine Zeta Jones is absolutely thick and unsubtle, which is a deception, because from the beginning, she gives all the clues you need to know there is something shady happening. Anyway, besides her, I really enjoyed the ideas developed, with a medical system that is literally purchased by pharmaceutical companies (not a new topic), but how you also can manipulate to all extend the side effect part of the system. Intelligent, interesting, and unfortunately ruined by the lack of chemistry between the actors. It reminds me of the coldness of Contagion, with a brilliant script, amazing cast, but scattered performances.

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