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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 that’s 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 it’s going to grab the audience in a vice-grip of tension, twisting the screws in unexpected ways. Sadly, Soderbergh swears he’s going to retire shortly after this and the TV drama Behind the Candelabra, with Michael Douglas playing the late Liberace. That’d be a crime, and I’m selfishly refusing to believe it. Side Effects could tank, but it appears to show what we all believe … that Soderbergh’s still in complete control, and could make excellent movies for decades. Let’s hope he doesn’t stop any time soon.