Posts Tagged ‘psychological’

Are you familiar with the expression spring neurosis? I wouldn’t think so… I want to believe that I somehow coined or invented the phrase, although I’m pretty sure a certain symbolistic poet may have used it, or at leat suggest it (got it?) somewhere down the line, so it might be just a subconscious impulse and nothing that great… This only grows the neurosis…

Anyway, the spring neurosis is a very common “affection”, or so I believe. It’s that anxiety that hits you every spring, mostly because the big changes that you encounter all over the place, but that’s only a mere pretext. A spring neurosis comes from the spring changes, but it’s mostly a psychological and emotional strain those changes puts on you and like any other illness, you have to fight it and eventually overcome it

As for me, it hits me every spring. It hits me more often than that, but never like this. This spring I had to move out from the apartment I lived in for almost 4 years, a place to be called home, to another apartment a couple of blocks away. The motifs are above me and not to be debated. Anyway, this was the pretext, along the spring which brings a whole new perspective over the world. I can’t just shut my eyes and ignore everything… and maybe that’s not a particular wrong thing, but maybe it’s also a defect…

To give you an idea of what I’m going through, it’s like this anxiety that comes and goes, sometimes fear, sometimes hate, sometimes simple boredom… and it’s very hard if you ask me, but I know there are people who are having worse than that and I wish them all the best, because every spring neurosis eventually heals, leaving room for some other, more complicated emotional, psychological issues…


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Play or get played

Side Effects is a 2013 psychological thriller-neo-noir film directed by Steven Soderbergh from a screenplay written by Scott Z. Burns. The film stars Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum. The film concerns the ramifications of an event following a young woman being prescribed antidepressant drugs.

Side Effects departs from an interesting and thrilling premise, depression and antidepressant drugs, but there is a lot more plot in this film. Actually talking about the story of Side Effects without hitting some important points is a hard thing to do. There are a series of twists that makes this movie catchy for the viewer and there is also an adrenaline rush that makes the time fly away.

Side Effects is divided into 2 parts, or at least that is the conclusion I reached to. There are 2 strong and connected sides  that could be developed into 2 different and decent movies, prequel and sequel, if you like to call it so. The premise and the prosecution led to the first and probably the most important twist of the film, the shift that takes the stake to a whole new and upper level. From this point on, the film starts to really come to life. The turning point in the events changes the atmosphere of the film. From now on, Side Effect turns into a whodunit filminto a detective thriller. If the premise was psychological, the whole film is more of a whodunit.

What impresses in Side Effects, beside the twisty story, is the attractive direction and fast-paced rhythm of the movie, but this aspects are all connected to each other. Sodenbergh did a great job as he let the film to be indrawn in the thrilling story, but he also managed to make the atmosphere even better. There is a specific time, from the big premise until the protagonist settles the problems, when time flies away in a rush of adrenaline and twists. To add, the detective, if I may call him so, untie the cabal, but he won’t disclose them until the end, so we may enjoy the plot, even if it gets predictable after the adrenaline runs out.

Side Effects spins around its main characters and the conflicts, the intrigues that appears between them. Play or get played seems to be the main idea of these conflicts. From personal vendetta to crimes, from human defects to vices, Side Effects has a whole score of morality. Determination, money thirst, unethical schemes or love interests are some of the abstract parts of the plot. The characters are in control of their fates, but only one of them will be able to break the fatality and to assume his part. The others fall in their decay. Side Effects has, after all, a moralizing effect (the bad falls and the good rises). 

To sum up, Side Effects comes forward with its plot, direction, conflicts and character (the actors deserve some recognition, nothing special). The rush of adrenaline keeps you focused, the thrilling story is attractive to watch, the conflicts are something to think about and as a whole, Side Effects is great movie, a combination between psychological and thriller, something enjoyable and ethical in the same time, even if the whodunit aspect is dominant.

My rate: 7.5/10 

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