One pill can change your life…
Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara) is wife of Martina Taylor (Channing Tatum), young businessman who will be soon release from prison where he was for financial fraud. Although will after four years again to be with her husband, mentally weak Emily trying to commit suicide. In the hospital meets Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) who convinced her to come to therapy. Intrigued by Emily’s story and with the advice of her previous doctor, Victoria Sibelt (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Jonathan prescribed her a new experimental drug called Ablixa.
Everything is complicated when side effects lead Emily to kill her husband in “sleepwalking” state. Emily will claim not to remember what happened because she was taking Ablixa and this will lead to liability issues of Dr. Jonathan Banks.
Steven Soderbergh, who announced that this would be his last job on cinema, presented us a film which is a mixture of drama, mystery and thriller. The film begins as a drama and then turns into a psychological thriller with lots of twists and surprises. Good choice of actors, excellent director and cooperation with Scott Z. Burns, who wrote the script, make this film a compact whole. Side effects may not be the best film of Steven Soderbergh but it is definitely one of the better.