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February 10, 2013
Let’s Talk: Side Effects The First GREAT Movie of 2013!
— Posted by Kenny Miles
Here we go film blogsphere! We survived some brutal movies the past few weeks, (some so bad we could already have a competitive Razzie awards race for next year), and now we have been rewarded pretty early on in this year. Get ready: Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects is the first GREAT movie of 2013! Yes, you heard correctly! Sometimes a movie this great comes out during the first six months of the year and delivers a refreshing surprise coming after an onslaught of consistently awful movies!
The brief synopsis:
That’s all that needs to be said before anyone watches Side Effects. Many people will discuss the plot twists and the various motivations of characters after watching as the films exhibits a jigsaw puzzle of great magnitude that begs for multiple viewings. This isn’t a dramatic critique on ‘Big Pharma’ with a hard hitting message ending, and instead it’s a hard boiled pulpy thriller and an exceptional piece of genre work. Side Effects has shades of a modern day, yet old fashioned, Hitchcock-ian thriller that slowly unravels in some very unexpected moments. The less I say about the plot progression, the better off the viewer will enjoy the film and indulge in the feeling of being swept away. This clever plotting rewards sophisticated audiences who pay attention and find the twists believable, with the strength of the storytelling is revealing itself in the dialogue driven drama bringing the viewer to unforeseen territories.
A word of warning for the Channing Tatum fan girls: Tatum is a supporting character in Side Effects rather than a major one and since the movie focuses on Emily, and her psychiatrist, those who are hoping to see Tatum in a majority of the film will be disappointed. Its not about Tatum but his face on the poster will be a test as to his box office appeal. (I think Tatum had both a lucky 2012, yet worked hard for his breakout success.)
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Whether something is overlooked by Hollywood or whatever business trend has captured the Entertainment Industry’s attention, Kenny Miles loves to talk about movies (especially the cultural impact of a film). He covers various aspects of movies including specialty genre films, limited release, independent, foreign language, documentary features, and THE much infamous "awards season." Also, he likes to offer his opinion on the business of film, marketing strategy, and branding. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society critics group. When he isn’t writing, Kenny channels his passion for interacting with moviegoers (something most movie pundits lack) as a pollster for the market research company CinemaScore and working as floor staff/special events coordinator in the film community. You can follow him on Twitter @kmiles723.
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