Strange events continue in the life of a woman named Emily, who lives the worst days of her life. After her husband, Martin, was sentenced to four years in prison for insider trading, Emily Taylor stepped into the wall in a clear suicide attempt. Jonathan Banks, her psychiatrist, describes a series of antidepressants, but nothing works. Jonathan contacted former Victoria Emily doctor, who proposes a new experimental drug, Ablixa. Will this treatment succeed or turn against it?
As a thriller in the Hitchcock mould, 'Side Effects' is great fun: its characters are well acted without being entirely likeable, which makes their jeopardy all the more enjoyable while putting us at a clinical remove.
Once Side Effects gets into its crime story, medication is swept aside by movie nonsense. The storyline goes into tangles that have to be dealt with very rapidly if the audience is not to start laughing.