Movie Review: Side Effects


NIcole Winters, Reporter

Side Effects is a psychological thriller, filled with twists and turns. The plot keeps the audience guessing throughout the movie until the very end.

Emily Taylor, played by Rooney Mara, is a highly depressed and even at times suicidal young woman. Her husband has just been released from prison after four years. After his release Emily’s symptoms begin to get worse.

Martin Taylor, played by Channing Tatum, has just been released from prison for insider trading. He wants to get his career back, move on with his life, and make up for lost time with his wife. His wife’s symptoms become a setback in their life.

After Emily tries to commit suicide, she is seen by Dr. Jonathan Banks, played by Jude Law. He ends up taking Emily on as a patient and tries to treat her depression. He tries to find the right prescription, but nothing seems to help her. When things take a turn for the worst, the side effects from her pills cause her to commit murder.

Dr. Victoria Siebert, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, is introduced into the mix. She turns out to have treated Emily four years prior. She acts as if she wants to help Dr. Banks but ends up holding a lot more answers to Emily’s problems and past than she leads on.

After the death of Emily’s husband more and more questions unravel about Emily’s state of mind. Dr. Banks can’t let go of all the unanswered questions and gets pulled into Emily’s life even more so.

I would recommend this movie to those who want to see a good mystery thriller. Although, this is a slower paced movie not an action thriller, it still delivers suspense.

Do note that it is Rated R for sexual content and language. Anyone under the age of 17 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.