If Alfred Hitchcock were making movies today, “Side Effects” would be one of his choices.
Jude Law is terrific playing a successful New York City psychiatrist with a beautiful wife (played by Vinnesa Shaw), a young son and a rich contract with a noted pharmaceutical company paying him $50,000 to help recruit new patients for a drug undergoing trial usage to treat severe depression.
Law gets a new patient, played brilliantly by Rooney Mara, who he puts on the trial drug. She had previously been treated by another psychiatrist in the area, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Mara’s character is married to a former Wall Street investment guru, played by Channing Tatum. He has just returned from prison after serving a four-year term for insider trading and is trying for a comeback in the world of high finance, until his troubled wife stabs him to death in the middle of the night under the influence of the new trial drug Law has her on.
After Tatum’s character’s abrupt departure from the story, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jude Law become central to this intriguing motion picture in a way that will have you second-guessing what’s really happening. Director Steven Soderbergh has crafted a timely, unpredictable film that is full of surprises and intense plotting. I recommend you take two to see “Side Effects,” and call me in the morning. This is the best film I’ve seen so far in 2013.