Side Effects

Side Effects

Steven Soderbergh (2013)

15 Certificate


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A psychiatrist is forced to examine his own conscience in this hypnotic thriller from director Steven Soderbergh. Jude Law plays the doctor treating depressive Rooney Mara (the "Girl" in David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), whose Wall Street trader husband (Channing Tatum) has recently returned home after a spell in prison for insider dealing. The couple's reunion should be a happy event, but instead it marks the beginning of a descent into madness for Mara, partly as a result of the medication prescribed to her by Law on the advice of a fellow doctor (a stern Catherine Zeta-Jones). Mara's behaviour becomes increasingly erratic under the drug's influence, but when events take a more tragic turn, Law cannot accept that he, too, might be at fault. Soderbergh highlights the flaws of psychiatry and the fatal self-absorption of the doctor/patient relationship in an intelligently crafted story, which is briskly paced and highly suspenseful - until a crude and puerile payoff in the third act. A tease, on many levels.


A psychiatrist prescribes an experimental new drug to a patient suffering from depression, which seems to miraculously resolve her psychological problems. However, it also results in sleepwalking and disturbing personality changes, with consequences that could destroy the doctor's life. Steven Soderbergh's thriller, starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Cast & Crew

Dr Jonathan Banks Jude Law
Emily Taylor Rooney Mara
Dr Victoria Siebert Catherine Zeta-Jones
Martin Taylor Channing Tatum
Dierdre Banks Vinessa Shaw
Joan Michelle Vergara Moore
Kayla Mamie Gummer
Ezra Banks Mitchell Michaliszyn
Director Steven Soderbergh
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentoneGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 8 Mar 2013