If you told me last week that a film about an anti-depressant drug would be a Grade A-thriller, I would have scoffed. But after watching Side Effects, I'm a believer.
Director Steven Soderbergh masterfully crafts this film about deception, ethical grey areas, and psychology to bring about a thought-provoking and winding thriller. I can genuinely say that there were several moments when I thought this movie was heading (e.g., a grand pharma-consipracy, a legal procedural), but I ended up being wrong. The twists are as good as it gets.
Hats off to Rooney Mara-- she has definitely nailed the "disturbed girl" role (She was fantastic in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Jude Law also delivers a great performance as a psychiatrist caught in a complicated web of double-crossing.
Side Effects is said to be Soderbergh's last film as he heads off into retirement and I think it's a shame. The film is a great watch and will definitely turn skeptics of pharma-thrillers around.