Monday, June 10, 2013

SIDE EFFECTS

Jude Law, Rooney Mara, 
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum

"One Pill can Change your Life"

SM Cinemas

Deceit is the recurring theme in this latest thriller from Steven Soderbergh. The provocative film focuses on the life of Emily (Rooney Mara) and Martin (Channing Tatum), a married couple who try to get their lives back on track after suffering a few setbacks.  Emily is having a harder time coping so her psychiatrist Dr. Banks (Jude Law)  prescribes a powerful pill that will help combat her depression. 

Naturally a powerful pill will have drastic side effects which will only further aggravate Emily's vulnerable state.  Or does it?  That's for you to find out as I won't be revealing any spoilers.

As a firm believer that medicines cannot really solve your mental well being, I cringed every time she had to pop such a strong toxic pill.  Yet on the other hand, I also know that depression is a serious illness that needs to be properly addressed and supervised by medical professionals.

This film further validated my belief that we lived in an overmedicated society. That medical experts as well as pharmaceutical firms make millions of profits each year. They trick us in believing that a pill can solve all our health woes.

"Side Effects" with its well acted cast and complex story line was thought provoking. I recognize its brave effort in making a solid statement. A stand on the greediness of pharmaceutical firms as well as the unscrupulous doctors who benefit from the avarice at the unhealthy expense of vulnerable patients.  

It may be fictional and not presented in a Michael Moore type of documentary but it successfully proved its point.  We certainly got the message even though it did leave a bitter after taste in our mouth.

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