February 7, 2013 1:36 PM | By Sean Plummer
Fantastical pharma: Movie miracle drugs

Side Effects

Side Effects (© Open Road Films)
  • Side Effects (© Open Road Films)
  • Limitless (© John Baer, Rogue Pictures)
  • John Dies at the End (© Magnet Releasing)
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera (© Twisted Pictures)
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (© 20th Century Fox)
  • Naked Lunch (© 20th Century Fox)
  • Equilibrium (© Miramax)
  • Dredd (© DNA Films)
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Director Steven Soderbergh’s final film (so he says) is Side Effects, a murder-mystery predicated on the (natch) side effects of a fictitious anti-depressant called Ablixa that may have pushed a young woman (Rooney Mara) into committing murder. Ablixa is far from the first fantasy pharmaceutical filmmakers have used to push along their plots. To that end, let’s look at ten other movie medicines. But remember: results may vary.

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