Saturday, April 12, 2014

Side Effects, Steven Soderbergh


I watched something called Side Effects, directed by Steven Soderbergh, written by Scott Z. Burns, made in 2013.

A young woman becomes severely depressed after her stockbroker husband, convicted of insider trading, is released from prison. She's given an anti-depressant that causes sleepwalking.

It starts out like an exceptionally well-made movie-of-the-week. We have the real legal issue of people committing murders in their sleep, the sleepwalking triggered by medication.  A dedicated psychiatrist (Jude Law) defends his patient even after being warned and threatened by colleagues and prosecutors that it will ruin him.

The psychiatrist becomes more and more suspicious. He seems to be cracking up himself as his life and career fall apart.

But it's classified as a thriller. Kind of a low key one. So you know something's going to happen. There's more to the case than meets the eye and Jude Law starts putting it all together.

Made for $30 million. It grossed $32 million. It obviously didn't make money at the box office. I don't know how much movies make from TV and video. But it seems like a movie that consists mostly of people talking could have been done a lot cheaper.

Visually, the scenes were evenly lit but it was filmed with a very shallow depth of field. The background and foreground in every shot was out of focus with only the subject in focus which gave it an interesting look.

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