DVD releases: Side Effects, The Paperboy and Welcome To The Punch

Metro

All-star cast in Side Effects, sexual tensions in The Paperboy and evocative cinematography in Welcome To The Punch.

Side Effects (15)
DVD, Blu-ray, VoD

4 star rating

This type of twisty, complex, glamorously entertaining thriller is typically described as ‘Hitchcockian’. But it’s Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby that’s most notably referenced in the eerie opening shot of this last (but one) cracker by supposedly retiring director Steven Soderbergh: a hint – or is it a red herring? – about the disturbing tale ahead.

For nothing is as it seems in this story that starts as a zeitgeist comment on the yuppie prescription drug culture before teetering into gloriously lurid melodrama. Channing Tatum is a once-golden investment banker released from jail after serving five years for insider trading. His fragile wife, Emily (Rooney Mara, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) is prescribed an experimental course of antidepressants by her dashing new psychiatrist (Jude Law), which…

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