As usual, Soderbergh has assembled a formidable cast, with Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, and Catherine Zeta-Jones leading the film. Mara stars as Emily Taylor, a successful young woman suffering from anxiety as her husband, played by Tatum, emerges from a prison stint he earned through insider trading. Her psychiatrist, played by Law, prescribes her a new drug to treat her ills, but the pharmaceuticals take her, and everyone else, down a rabbit hole of deceit, psychosis, manipulation, and even murder.
By all accounts, Side Effects is a movie that takes many an unexpected turn. Don't worry about this thirty-second spot, which is here thanks to our pals at Moviefanatic, spoiling the whole movie, though. Just enjoy.
Soderbergh's been a hell of a run over the last couple of years between Contagion, Haywire, and Magic Mike. After those three wildly different movies, here he reunites with his Contagion and The Informant! screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, who also contributed to next year's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a sequel to the 2011 reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
While the director has maintained that he's retiring from directing films, and while Side Effects might just be the last ever theatrically released Soderbergh joint, we'll still get the HBO Liberace movie Behind the Candelabra starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. That one will air later this year.
Side Effects arrives much sooner, as it opens nationwide next Friday, February 8th.