Steven Soderbergh‘s drama-thriller, Side Effects, premiered in the US last Friday thanks to Open Road Films, and will be released internationally starting tonight with with Berlin Film Festival‘s competition screening, will be Soderbergh’s last film for a while.
Side Effects is a ‘Hitchcockian’ sense of a thriller “that employs plot-twists and surprises set against the background of intersecting themes of psychology, psychopharmacology and the law”. The film is about a successful New York couple whose life unravels when the young woman’s psychiatrist prescribes her a drug that causes very unexpected side effects.
The movie stars Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes, Cold Mountain, Anna Karenina), Rooney Mara (The Social Netwrok, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, A Nightmare on Elm St), Channing Tatum (21 Jumpstreet, Magic Mike, The Vow), and Catherine Zeta Jones (Chicago, Entrapment, The terminal) and was scripted by Scott Z. Burns (Bourne Ultimatum, Contagion, The Informant), and will mark Soderbergh’s fifth time at the festival, but it will be the last he’s going to in a while…
Soderbergh, the director of Magic Mike, The Informant, and the Oceans 11 trilogy, will be heading into an early retirement, or, “a break” as he likes to call it, after this film, Behind the Candelabra airs on HBO.
The director was asked why he chose to go out via the “potboiler” route, and he simply responded with, “I just liked the idea of making a thriller as I near the twilight of my career.” He added that he’d been inspired by making Ché back in 2008. “However long this break ends up being, I wanted the last few things I was doing to be fun to make and to watch. Coming out the other end of Ché really made me want to have more fun.”