“Side Effects” movie leaves viewer intrigued, confused

Jansen Hess, Sports Editor

Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara): A depressed patient who suffers from past depression and suicidal thoughts.
Martin Taylor (Channing Tatum): Her adoring husband, fresh out of prison, who just wants her to feel better.
Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law): Emily’s new psychiatrist who prescribes her with a new antidepressant drug, Ablixa.
Dr. Victoria Seibert (Catherine Zeta-Jones): Emily’s old psychiatrist who informs Banks on Emily’s history and recommends Ablixa.
When Banks prescribes the drug to Emily, he has no idea of the side effects it has, the most severe being sleepwalking.
During her first sleepwalking episode, Emily merely set the table for breakfast.
During Emily’s second episode, she started to fix dinner while she waited for Martin to get home from work.
As soon as Martin tried to wake her up, she stabbed him three times, killing him, before she went back to her room and fell asleep.
This movie had so many unexpected twists and turns that left me baffled and a little confused.
I don’t want to dive into too much detail of the plot because I’ve already spoiled a major unexpected twist.
I will say this though: the actors did a phenomenal job portraying their characters.
Mara put on a depressed act like I’ve never seen. With the suicide attempt, tears, murder, glossed-over eyes and screaming fits, you never would have guessed she was only acting.
As disappointed as I was that Tatum wasn’t on-screen very often, he still played the part of the concerned husband very well. There’s not much to critique.
Law did a fantastic job playing Emily’s psychiatrist. His accent made him sound really professional. He was the classic doctor who was stressed and overloaded with work. Under all that stress, he still had time to uncover the truth behind Martin’s murder.
Honestly, Zeta-Jones is just odd in this film. Although her character is vital, she needed to chill out with trying to be seductive in every scene. I think she should have tried to have acted more conniving and evil. Her job was to be the antagonist.
Despite a very strange story line, I was intrigued the entire movie. The unexpected occurrences make the film really unpredictable. Make sure to pay attention the entire time or you will leave the theater confused.
3 out of 5 stars.