Side Effects, a must see!

Alex Aponte

Sex, drugs and Channing Tatum, makes for a sexy and dramatic  thriller.  If you are anything like me, you started out watching this movie only because Channing Tatum and Jude Law were in it, but  ladies and gentlemen, I was mistaken. The sexiest-person award goes to both Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) and Dr. Victoria Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones).  This thriller has many twists and turns, that may have your brain spinning.  

Martin (Channing Tatum) and Emily (Mara) lead out the movie with a beautiful, but imperfect marriage.  As Martin was just released after four years in jail from an “insider trading” scandal, Emily seems to be lost in a fog of depression.  That’s where Jude Law appears as Dr. Jonathon Banks, Emily’s psychiatrist, with a prescribed solution to her problem, that former psychiatrist, Siebert (Zeta-Jones), suggests for Emily.  

As Emily takes Ablixar, an anti-anxiety medication, she finds herself feeling worse, and the side effects are unimaginable. Banks seeks a solution for Emily, but in the process, he leaves his family behind, as he becomes obsessed with making things right.  Mara and  Law commit to a stunning performance as the twists and turns of the movie play out. 

This movie will keep you clutching your popcorn in anticipation.  The cinematic adventure, written by Aaron Sorkin (known for movies “Moneyball” and “Social Network”), will not disappoint, and it keeps you intrigued right when your ADD starts to kick in.  

On a scale from 1 to 10, I would have give this movie an 8.  It’s the perfect movie for those who love suspense.  Not just for the good-looking group of actors/actresses, but for a unsuspected side to side effects.

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