The film, Side Effects, is a jagged little pill.
See our video review below as today’s host, Danielle Winston speaks with our panelist about the psychological thriller, SIDE EFFECTS, at Stand 4 Restaurant near Union Square in New York City.
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Rumored to be director, Steven Soderbergh’s final cinematic endeavor, SIDE EFFECTS, is a fitting but, complexly intricate swan song that concludes the long and illustrious career of the man who put the indie film genre in the conscious mind of the mainstream. With a screenplay written by Scott Z. Burns, this story is so deeply entrenched with twists, that just as you sense the film may be nearing its end, it takes yet another dramatic, wild turn. The original music created here by Thomas Newman is moody yet synthesizes harmoniously with the shifting pace.
To say anything is to say too much. As the intensity fluctuates, a shift in protagonist follows suit. What begins as a satirical observation of the dubious practices of the pharmaceutical industry takes a sharp detour and transforms into a well-crafted and highly suspenseful journey about perceptions. Relish in the powerful performances by Rooney Mara and Jude Law. They are two of the reasons why the film is so great. You will also get a kick out of the character played by Catherine Zeta-Jones. She is deliciously wicked out of her comfort zone (something she should do a little more often). Channing Tatum is affable and the great eye candy he has become known for on screen. Word-on-the-street has it that at one time, Justin Timberlake was up for his role as well as Lindsay Lohan being considered for Rooney Mara’s part. So glad all involved came to their senses as anything other than this cast is hard to imagine being as splendid.
Make no mistake, this is a Steven Soderbergh production from beginning to end. He is also the film’s editor and cinematographer, although in the credits for these two roles he uses the pseudonyms, Mary Ann Bernard and Peter Andrews, respectively. Crafty to the final frame! It is hard to believe that a talent of this caliber is walking away from the big screen forever. But, perhaps what we are really seeing is a man’s need for a change in direction (pun intended) and taking control of his life to make it happen…something that we all could experience a little more of in our own lives. And, we, as loyal viewers, can only hope that this is merely a brief reprieve and not a final goodbye. Either way, if you are a Soderbergh fan, this thriller is for you.