Soderbergh's intelligent take on a familiar genre reminds us how much we'll miss his touch
Steven Soderbergh says that "Side Effects" (Universal) is his last theatrical feature before retirement (he doesn't count his upcoming made-for-HBO film "Behind the Candelabra"). The modestly scaled but satisfying thriller reminds us just how much we'll miss his take presence on the big screen.
What begins as a medical drama of wonder drugs and pharmaceutical conspiracy turns into a sly psychological thriller, with Jude Law as a committed psychiatrist and Rooney Mara as a troubled patient with a coldly calculating soul. Law prescribes a new, experimental drug to combat her depression and anxiety attacks (recommended by fellow therapist Catherine Zeta-Jones, all very controlled and steely), Mara ends up killing her husband (Channing Tatum) in a sleepwalking nightmare, and the more he looks into the suppressed side effects of the drug, the more suspicions are raised about the whole situation. Meanwhile the film's observation on how cozy the medical profession is with the pharmaceutical industry, and how her murder trial is intertwined with big business and medical malpractice, puts a whole new angle on the stakes of the murder trial.
"Side Effects" is less twisty in retrospect than it appears as the drama unfolds moment to moment. Like so many of Soderbergh's films, it turns on human nature, perception, and expectations, which Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns play with to great effect. As Law's ambitious, seemingly sincere, and possibly paranoid psychiatrist says, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Fittingly the entire last act rests on that simple observation.
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Project described as a sort of modern day 'Top Gun'
Only time will tell if this proves more "Top Gun" or more "Hot Shots!" Although it does make us wonder what happened to that planned "Top Gun" sequel that we keep hearing rumors about. Will "Aurora Rising" beat it to the punch? Does "testing the next generation of fighter aircraft" mean Hemsworth will actually be piloting a drone from his parents' basement? If so, could this ultimately prove more "War Games" than anything else? We'll bring you the relevant details when available, but in the meantime, ain't it fun to speculate?
Joins Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro on the project
Bing: Chilean miners | Antonio Banderas
Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro have already signed onto the film, giving the film an eminently respectable cast if not one that'll draw in all those lucrative pre-teens with their free-wheeling allowance money. Banderas will reportedly play Mario Sepulveda, who earned the nickname "Super Mario" during the ordeal. Given that there are approximately, oh, thirty odd other roles yet to be cast, it seems safe to assume many more such announcements moving forward. We wonder what other talents the project will attract... Any ideas, Hitlisters? As always, let us know in the comments. More details as they become available...
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Animation veteran, 'Simpsons' and 'King of the Hill' writer Jon Vitti gets the call
Bing: Angry Birds | Jon Vitti
What do you think, Hitlisters? Would you actually consider it fun to sit around watching this for two hours? Or are the filmmakers going to have to go to extreme lengths to add depth and, you know, story, to the whole enterprise, before making it worthwhile? And is three years enough time to figure all that out? As always, let us know in the comments, or tell us on MSN Movies Facebook or MSN Movies Twitter.
Clip still does not reveal any footage of the film itself
What else does this latest clip tell us? Well, it appears as though Carrell's Brick may have a more prominent role this time around, as would only be fitting for a star of his (increased) caliber. The other guy in the cowboy hat? Eh, not so much. As far as plot goes, however, this teaser is as bereft of any details as the film's last, initial teaser. It seems we'll have to wait longer to see what kind of hijinks the gang will get involved with.
Until then... What do you think, Hitlisters? Check out the teaser, posted after the break, and let us know what you think in the comments...