Drugs - legal and not recreational ones - seem to fill out society. There's a pill for this and a pill for that and most people take more medication than they probably should without even understanding the side effects of the drugs or the combination of their medications. Though some of them may think so, doctors are not gods and medicine, despite the many tests and trials, does not always have the answers. This is especially true for the psychotropic medications that work on the mind especially the SSRI drugs, which affect the serotonin level in the brain.
The Hitchcockian thriller, SIDE EFFECTS, set in the world of psychopharmacology, poses the questions "How do doctors really diagnosis mental illness? How can they tell who is insane and who is malingering? How do doctors deal with patients demanding drugs that pharmaceutical companies furiously advertise? Why do these drugs work on some and produce disastrous side effects in others?" Many of these side effects occur so seldom that the small print warnings are ignored by the general public until such time as a patient taking a sleeping medication, still foggy from drug, drives into a crowded sidewalk or physically assaults someone.
Presented by Open Road, diBonaventura Pictures, and EndGame Entertainment, Side Effects will be released on February 8, 2013.
The issue of pharmaceuticals has permeated our society. Many patients now refuse anti-depressants for the very fact that it can make some people more suicidal than before by raising their mood just enough to give them the courage to act on their intentions. The same medications in today's popular use are given for depression, anxiety, psychosis and other psychological ailments are so commonly prescribed that it's rare to find someone who hasn't taken at least one in their lifetime.
The twists and turns in this reality based, but provocative story will keep you on the edge of your seat, wondering what is true and what is fiction, as you watch Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) fight for his career and his life and his marriage with Diedre, his wife (Vinessa Shaw) against the accusations brought forth after he diagnoses Emily (Rooney Mara) with depression after her Wall Street husband, Martin (Channing Tatum) is released from jail for insider trading. When she asked for a commonly advertised medication that one of her friends suggested, Emily plunges into the world of side effects.
Banks consults with Emily's former psychiatrist, Dr. Victoria Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones) only to realize that there is more to Emily's history than meets the eye.
Directed by social commentary, Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh and based on the screenplay by Scott Z Burns with the assistance of forensic psychiatrist Dr. Sasha Bardey, the film is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Gregory Jacobs with James D. Stern, Michale Polaire and Douglas Hansen being executive producers. They were assisted by co-producers Elena de Leonardis and Dr. Bardey Aiding in the presentation was Howard Cummings (Production designer) and Susan Lyall (Costume Designer) with original music by Thomas Newman.
Mr. Burns states that he wrote numerous drafts and that it took nearly ten years to get this film made. "It was a long road, but a fun one." Tightly woven with moral ambiguity and human fraility, Burns says that he believes what draw people into a thriller is humanity. "You get twisted around as much by your own heart as by your own perception of the plot mechanics."
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