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REVIEW – Side Effects


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Reviewed by Dan Spracklen Rating: 4.5 out of 5


135767h1Side   Effects is a film   essentially about corruption, what is real and what is not and when the borders   between reality and unreality become very blurred. But that’s all I’m going   to say about that.


Although slow to start   (perhaps intentional), as the film unravels small bits of the bigger picture   at a time it becomes more and more exciting with more and more twists and   links that are made. It really tests even the audience’s ability to know when   something is real or not. Our story follows 3 main characters – Emily (a depressed   patient), Dr. Victoria Siebert (a therapist for depression), and Dr. Jonathan   Banks (also a therapist). Emily’s husband, Martin (Channing Tatum, The Vow) is released from prison after   4 years for murder. This proves quite emotional for Emily, who begins to see   Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law, Sherlock   Holmes, A.I. Artificial Intelligence). To assist in her treatment, Dr.   Banks speaks with her previous therapist, Dr. Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ocean’s Twelve, Playing For Keeps).   More and more links are made as the film goes on, and we see the   rollercoaster journey that each of the characters is forced to ride.


The film covers some   broad and deep issues, and does it well. The film was well acted, with Jude   Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones stealing the spotlight. Emily, played by Rooney   Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo (Daniel   Craig version)), is a character played very well, though I’d imagine very   difficult to play.


All in all, a very   good film – though one you’re gonna have pay attention to or else you’ll miss   something!


Showing here at the   Plaza Cinema for one week only!! BOOK NOW

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