Loved this completely up through & including the middle section where Law's life unravels as he becomes increasingly paranoid. Sadly, the movie ends with him outwitting the pair of people who so thoroughly played him. It's kind of annoying & doesn't really make much sense. A fatal flaw, but I still liked this a lot cuz of everything else it had going for it... cool pacing, great vibe, twisted social commentary, etc.
Soderbergh kinda plays fast and loose with the concept of grief, uses of psychiatric medication and the parameters of mental illness for dramatic purposes, but this all still makes for a more compelling premise than the by-the-numbers crime conspiracy that pans out predictably in the film's final half.
(...) Side Effects beginnt, uns eine Geschichte zu erzählen, um dann abrupt zu unterbrechen und eine ganze andere anzufangen. Das Dumme dabei ist, dass die erste interessant ist, die zweite aber nicht so sehr(...) (Dazu haben wir für euch eine Film List verfasst mit Hitchcock Filmen nicht von Hitchcock auf unserer Empfehlungsseite cinegeek.de
Mostly an effective thriller that (for the most part) takes aim at trend pharmaceuticals. Okay performances - Law standing out from the rest - and a decent script clip along at a reasonable pace. The final act felt too neat and the twists could've easily been a more intelligent trail of breadcrumbs instead one character spilling their guts.
"Side Effects gets trickier as it goes along, yet somehow less involving. What begins as a fairly intriguing drama – about a troubled young woman caught up in contemporary pharma culture – turns into a shifty, seedy thriller. Some might welcome the injection of genre excitability," proposes Josh Larsen on Larsenonfilm.com. Others, of course, will be put off by it. I found myself in the middle. 3.5 stars