A twisty psychological thriller with the brazen tagline "One pill can change your life," Side Effects may well be Steven Soderbergh's last film, and as far as a last waltz goes, the director gives audiences one hell of a dance.
Bringing in a cast of regulars - Channing Tatum, who previously worked with Soderbergh on Haywire and Magic Mike, Jude Law (Contagion) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (the Oceans franchise), as well as first-time collaborator Rooney Mara, Side Effects meditates on love, greed, power, deception and depression and uses the world of prescription drugs as its murky milieu.
Emily (Mara, who may have lost the GWTDT facial piercings and punk hairdo but not the powerful presence) is greeting hubby Martin (Tatum) who is being released from jail after doing time for insider trading and her depression comes back in a big way. Enter Dr. Jonathan Banks (Law), an ambitious psychiatrist who gives her a new drug to take away the creeping darkness but ends up over his head in ways he never saw coming.
We were recently in L.A. and had a chance to chat with the cast about working with Soderbergh, what Side Effects is actually about and the conversation it's bound to start about our contemporary relationship with pharmaceuticals.
Watch our interview now! Side Effects opens at Cineplex theatres February 8.