There are several new movies out in theaters this time of year; one of them being Side Effects, starring Rooney Mara (Emily Taylor) and Jude Law (Dr. Jonathan Banks). Emily’s husband Martin, played by actor Channing Tatum, is released from prison. Despite their long awaited reunion, Emily’s predetermined depression worsens. She makes several suicide attempts and starts seeing a new psychiatrist, Dr. Banks, about her situation. He prescribed her a new drug called Ablixa, which he is trying to promote as part of his practice. One of the many side effects of this drug causes Emily to sleep walk. One time when Martin tried to wake her up, she stabbed and killed him. Emily has no memory of this happening but it still found guilty of the murder.
Not only is she imprisoned and hospitalized, but this situation trickles over to Dr. Banks. He is found responsible for this situation because he was Emily’s doctor, and it inevitably destroys his career and tears apart his family. Dr. Banks wants to clear his name, so even after the trial is over, he continues to investigate the situation.
When Dr. Banks looks deeper and deeper into the situation, he starts to find holes in Emily Taylor’s story. Some of the people she told Dr. Banks about were not real, she lied in a test, and it was determined that she was aware of how her car functioned before she had drove it into a wall. Emily’s old psychiatrist, Dr. Siebert, also causes reason to doubt what actually happened. Was the murder really an accident, or was it something planned? To find out the mystery, you’re going to have to watch the movie.
I would give Side Effects a seven out of ten. I think the twist in the movie was great. It was very exciting when Dr. Banks got to the bottom of the mystery. I thought the movie was going to be more about the medications and how they effected the body but that is not true. I believed that the drugs were supposed to be destroying Emily’s body (which in some aspects is true), but the movie was different than I expected in a good way. I think the way Director Neil Burger presented the story was great. Side Effects is definitely a movie you’ll want to check out.