Before he throws down a smoke bomb and vanishes into what we’re hoping will only be temporary hiatus, Steven Soderbergh is still delivering movies. His latest is psychological thriller Side Effects (originally known as ‘The Bitter Pill’, which sees Rooney Mara being drawn into a dangerous drama with her doctor (Jude Law) and husband (Channing Tatum).
Soderbergh has largely been able to keep the plot of the new film under wraps, though we do know that Mara will be the troubled Emily, whose life begins to unravel and she starts seeing a therapist (Law). It seems she’s having trouble dealing with the release of her paroled hubby, but the drug that Law prescribes has, as the title suggests, some dodgy side effects.
But from the looks of this, there’s a lot more to it than that, especially as she appears to grow closer to the medical man, which in turn brings his motives into question. Given the batch of returning Soder-burghers (including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Law and Tatum) and the presence of Mara, we’re hoping for good things from this one.
With a script by Contagion’s Scott Z Burns, Side Effects it set to arrive on March 15 next year.
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