'Side Effects' review: Rooney Mara goes off the rails in psychodrama

'Side Effects' review: Rooney Mara goes off the rails in psychodrama
Director: Steven Soderbergh; Screenwriter: Scott Z Burns; Starring: Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vinessa Shaw; Running time: 106 mins; Certificate: 15

"Drugs don't make you anything you're not - they just make it easier to be who you are," reasons Jude Law's psychiatrist mid-prescription, in a line that sums up the reality behind Steven Soderbergh's theoretical swansong. Law's character Jonathan Banks is in a profession ruled by pills and the companies that produce them, and screenwriter Scott Z Burns seems promisingly intent on using genre trappings to get at the heart of a real and troubling truth.

Rooney Mara is Emily, a young woman whose newlywed bliss is cut short when her high-flying husband (Channing Tatum) is imprisoned for insider trading. As we pick up, he's just been released and she's trying desperately to be the perfect wife, but crippling depression is rapidly getting the better of her.
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