Second Side Effects Trailer Spells Trouble For Pill-Popping Rooney Mara

By Sean O'Connell 2013-01-04 12:46:51discussion comments
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Steven Soderbergh had a quietly powerful year in 2012. Most filmmakers would have killed to release either Haywire or Magic Mike, yet Soderbergh delivered both genre exercises to his satisfied audiences, introducing a hot new action star in Gina Carano and generating awards buzz for the like of Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey. Now thatís a major accomplishment.

The director will try and replicate that success in 2013, releasing Side Effects on Feb. 8. Open Road Films released a second official trailer for the movie, which you can see right here:

Oddly, this tease is almost a minute shorter than a trailer the studio shared a few months back. But it still establishes the driving beats of the screenplay, credited to Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Informant!). Rooney Mara plays a woman treated for emotional imbalances by a pioneering psychiatrist (Jude Law). But legal complications arise when the pill prescribed by the doc create, as the title suggests, unexpected (and violent) side effects.

The cast is populated with Soderbergh veterans, from Tatum and Law to Catherine Zeta-Jones. And similar to Contagion, it looks like itís going to grab the audience in a vice-grip of tension, twisting the screws in unexpected ways. Sadly, Soderbergh swears heís going to retire shortly after this and the TV drama Behind the Candelabra, with Michael Douglas playing the late Liberace. Thatíd be a crime, and Iím selfishly refusing to believe it. Side Effects could tank, but it appears to show what we all believe Ö that Soderberghís still in complete control, and could make excellent movies for decades. Letís hope he doesnít stop any time soon.
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