For that first hour or so, Side Effects at least seems to be about something. Mara, fresh off her Oscar nomination for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, quietly assembles the pieces of Emily’s broken life and presents them as a palpably realistic depiction of crippling depression. Her husband Martin (Channing Tatum) was incarcerated for insider trading, but the seeds of he and Emily’s troubled relationship date even prior. Emily suffered a miscarriage and, coupled with her husband’s time away and subsequent blithe promises to restore their financial success by partnering with his new jail buddy, she now seems emotionally immobilized. Her psychiatrist, Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law), is overworked and tries drug after drug as a means to treat her.
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