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by Tony Medley
Run time 118
OK for children.
This is a neat
little thriller that reminded me of 1993's Malice, a Nicole
Kidman vehicle that presently rests in 1,418th place on the all-time
list of domestic grosses. In other words, not a lot of people saw it.
And that's unfortunate because, written by Aaron Sorkin, it started out
as one thing and completely turned 180° in the middle and became
something else, thoroughly entertaining.
In this, Emily
(Rooney Mara) plays a strange woman married to Martin (Channing Tatum)
who has just been released from prison after serving a four-year term
for insider trading. She seems depressed so she consults psychiatrist
Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) for help. He prescribes a new drug, for which
he is being paid to conduct a clinical trial.
spin out of control, affecting the lives of everyone, including another
psychiatrist Dr. Victoria Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones), whom Dr. Banks
discovers has treated Emily previously.
Although it's a
little long (what modern movie is not?), Steven Soderbergh directs a
terrific script by Scott Z. Burns with admirable pace. He gets wonderful
performances by Law and Mara.
Just about every
year one or two films come out with a ballyhoo that they are noir, when
they don't have any of the characteristics of real film noir which came
into being in the 40s after World War II. This, on the other hand, is a
true noir. Although Burns compares the story to Double Indemnity
(1944) and Body Heat (1981), I don't share his reverence for the
former, which I think contains one of the corniest scenes of the 40s
(the one where Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck have a dialogue in
which each starts every sentence with "Sposin'." I cringe every time I
see that scene, but it's the one that is always shown when this film is
lauded. The latter, however, is as fine a modern noir as has been filmed
since the close of the '40s. Maybe Side Effects doesn't rise to
that level, but it comes close enough to be a highly satisfying
A fine thriller
doesn't need a review that tells anything more about the plot. All a
critic need do when reviewing a film like this is to give an accolade
that it is probably as good and thought-provoking a thriller as one will
see this year. To write much more would jeopardize being able to watch a
story unfold without a clue of what is really going on, which is the
best way to watch a movie.
January 28, 2013