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Side Effects -- Emily and Martin are a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily's psychiatrist - intended to treat anxiety - has unexpected side effects.
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Side Effects -- Emily and Martin are a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily's psychiatrist – intended to treat anxiety – has unexpected side effects.
Side Effects -- A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison.

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Writer (WGA):
Scott Z. Burns (written by)
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Release Date:
8 February 2013 (USA) See more »
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A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rooney Mara ... Emily Taylor

Carmen Pelaez ... Prison Desk Guard

Marin Ireland ... Upset Visitor

Channing Tatum ... Martin Taylor

Polly Draper ... Emily's Boss

Ann Dowd ... Martin's Mother
Haraldo Alvarez ... Garage Attendant

Jude Law ... Dr. Jonathan Banks

James Martinez ... Police Officer at Hospital

Vladimi Versailles ... Augustin (as Vladimir Versailles)
Jacqueline Antaramian ... Desk Nurse

Michelle Vergara Moore ... Joan

Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Dr. Victoria Siebert

Katie Lowes ... Conference Organizer

David Costabile ... Carl

Mamie Gummer ... Kayla
Steven Platt ... Bartender

Victor Cruz ... NYPD Officer Beahan

Vinessa Shaw ... Dierdre Banks

Elizabeth Rodriguez ... Pharmacist

Peter Friedman ... Banks Partner #1

Andrea Bogart ... Drug Rep

Laila Robins ... Banks Partner #2
Mitchell Michaliszyn ... Ezra Banks
Elizabeth Rich ... Banks Patient #1
Roderick Rodriguez ... Paramedic #1
Mark Weekes ... Paramedic #2
Scott Shepherd ... NYPD Detective

Michael Nathanson ... Assistant District Attorney

Timothy Klein ... Transporting Officer Klein

Sheila Tapia ... Emily's Attorney
Josh Elliott ... GMA Anchor
Sasha Bardey ... Dr. Peter Joubert (as Sasha Bardey MD)
Ashley Morrison ... Reporter #1
Steve Lacy ... Reporter #2
Ken Marks ... Banks Patient #2

Devin Ratray ... Banks Patient #3

Russell G. Jones ... Jeffrey Childs

Munro M. Bonnell ... Judge #1

Susan Gross ... Susan

Debbie Friedlander ... Wards Island Administrator

Ilyana Kadushin ... ECT Patient

Johnny Sanchez ... ECT Nurse

Nicole Ansari-Cox ... Disturbed Patient on Phone (as Nicole Ansari)

LaChanze ... Wards Island Desk Nurse (as Lachanze)

Alice Niedermair ... Wards Island Nurse (as Alice Niedermair-Ludwig)

Craig muMs Grant ... Wards Island Orderly (as Craig Mums Grant)

Davenia McFadden ... Judge #2
Ray DeBenedictis ... Arresting Officer (as Raymond DeBendictis)

J. Claude Deering ... Zach
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kevin Cannon ... Inmate (uncredited)
Chevy Lamont Cofield ... Reporter #3 (uncredited)

Carol Commissiong ... NYPD Clerk (uncredited)
Laurence Covington ... Wards Island Patient #1 (uncredited)
Tischa Culver ... Nurse (uncredited)

Onika Day ... Depressed Woman - Ablixa Commercial (uncredited)

Brian Distance ... Wards Medical Staff #5 (uncredited)
John Farrer ... Le Circ Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

David Fierro ... Wards Island Patient 2 (uncredited)

Leeann Hellijas ... Nurse (uncredited)

Vince Hickman ... Subway Passenger (uncredited)

Rosemary Howard ... Prison Visitor (uncredited)

Peter Iasillo Jr. ... Inmate (uncredited)

Zivile Kaminskaite ... Medical Conference Participant (uncredited)

Peter Y. Kim ... Young Stockbroker (uncredited)

Larissa Laurel ... Pill Nurse (uncredited)

Lucinda Lewis ... Wealthy Donor at Black Tie Gala (uncredited)

Sean Marrinan ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Dylan Clark Marshall ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Annika Merkel ... Hospital Visitor (uncredited)
Ralph Meyer ... Ward Island Medical Staff Security Guard (uncredited)
John Mitchell ... Diner Patron (uncredited)
Mario Moise Fontaine ... Juror #3 (uncredited)

Nancy Nagrant ... Intenin Drug Commercial Mom (uncredited)
Kimberly Hana Nguyen ... Hot Assistant (uncredited)

Gil O'Brien ... Pasta Lover Pedestrian (uncredited)

Kerry O'Malley ... Ward Psychiatrist (uncredited)

Greg Paul ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Joe Pierce ... Guest Black Tie Gala (uncredited)

Dennis Rees ... NYPD Officer (uncredited)

Anthony J. Ribustello ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)

Alan R. Rodriguez ... Police Officer #51 (uncredited)

Jenny Rostain ... Guggenheim Donator in Gala (uncredited)

Hollie K. Seidel ... Depressed Woman - Ablixa Commercial (uncredited)

Kenneth Simmons ... Agent 1 (uncredited)

Blago Simon ... Fundraiser Guest (uncredited)
Carol Stanzione ... Freaky Poncho Patient (uncredited)
Erica Watson ... Processing Nurse (uncredited)

Volieda Webb ... Female Prisoner (uncredited)

Aaron Roman Weiner ... Cop (uncredited)
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Directed by
Steven Soderbergh 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Scott Z. Burns (written by)

Produced by
Sasha Bardey .... co-producer (as A. Sasha Bardey)
Scott Z. Burns .... producer
Elena de Leonardis .... co-producer
Lorenzo di Bonaventura .... producer
Douglas Hansen .... executive producer (as Douglas E. Hansen)
Gregory Jacobs .... producer
Michael Polaire .... executive producer
James D. Stern .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Steven Soderbergh (director of photography) (as Peter Andrews)
 
Film Editing by
Steven Soderbergh  (as Mary Ann Bernard)
 
Casting by
Carmen Cuba 
 
Production Design by
Howard Cummings 
 
Art Direction by
Miguel López-Castillo 
 
Set Decoration by
Rena DeAngelo 
 
Costume Design by
Susan Lyall 
 
Makeup Department
Michelle Johnson .... key hair stylist
Nicki Ledermann .... makeup department head
Tania Ribalow .... key makeup artist
Cassandra Saulter .... makeup artist
Kerrie Smith .... hair department head
Craig Lindberg .... blood supplier (uncredited)
Theresa Marra-Siliceo .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Julie Goldstein .... executive in charge of production: Endgame Entertainment
David Kirchner .... post-production supervisor
Gabrielle Mahon .... assistant unit production manager
Michael Polaire .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gregory Jacobs .... first assistant director
Mari Martinez .... dga trainee
Travis Rehwaldt .... second second assistant director
Jody Spilkoman .... second assistant director
Scott Bowers .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jill Alexander .... assistant property master
Jonathan Arbes .... construction production assistant
Zach Baylin .... property assistant (as Zachary Baylin)
John Bellotti Jr. .... scenic
Colin Brantley .... scenic
Jon Carter .... set dresser
John J. Ciccimarro .... key carpenter
Michael R. Clark .... industrial scenic (as Michael B. Clark)
Patricia Colburn .... camera scenic
Martin Connelly .... set dresser
Hannah Davis .... scenic
Tom Devitt .... scenic
Paul George Divone .... carpenter (as Paul Divone)
Lauren Doner .... charge scenic (as Lauren Doner Hirn)
Neil Driscoll Jr. .... set dresser
Brad Einhorn .... property master
Carl Ferrara .... set dresser
Nick Ferrara .... set dresser
Joan Finley .... foreman (as Joan Finlay-Arietta)
Daniel Fisher .... property master: New York
Paul Fletcher .... carpenter
Steve Gallo .... construction grip
Sheyam Ghieth .... art department coordinator
Anne Goelz .... assistant art director (as Anne Allen Goelz)
Chris Grano .... set dresser (as Christopher R. Grano)
Bruce Jordan .... construction grip
Michael Kall .... foreman carpenter
Dierdre Kane .... on-set dresser (as Dierdre Feldmann)
Mike Koval .... set dresser (as Michael J. Koval)
Peter Levitsky .... set dresser (as Peter L. Levitsky)
Barbra Matis .... assistant art director (as Barbra S. Matis)
Kathryn C. McGinnis .... scenic
Mike Montgomery .... best boy construction grip
Alyssa Motschwiller .... set decoration coordinator
Rebecca Perrenod .... scenic foreman
Fred Piesco .... carpenter
Kathi Prate .... set dresser
Charlie Price .... key construction grip
Kurt Rimmel .... construction grip
Helen Ripple .... set dresser
Paul Robinson .... set dresser
Christopher Rovira .... carpenter
Pierre Rovira .... construction coordinator
Mattie Siegal .... set decoration assistant
Bruce Swanson .... set dresser (as Bruce E. Swanson)
Dick Tice .... leadman
Thomas Vaughun .... best boy construction grip
Holly Watson .... graphic designer
Anna Weber .... art department production assistant
Kate Yatsko .... set decoration buyer
Kalie Acheson .... props (uncredited)
Michael Cory .... props (uncredited)
Isaac Gabaeff .... props (uncredited)
Michael A. Heath .... prop paperwork (uncredited)
Robert Ludemann .... graphic designer: motion graphics (uncredited)
Michelle Mace .... props (uncredited)
Dave McAllister .... key construction grip (uncredited)
Jack White .... food stylist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Larry Blake .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Blake .... supervising sound editor
Matt Coby .... dialogue editor
Scott Curtis .... foley mixer
Dawn Fintor .... foley
Aaron Glascock .... dialogue editor
Amanda Jacques .... utility sound
Alicia Stevenson .... foley
Billy Theriot .... foley editor
Dennis Towns .... production sound mixer
Alfredo Viteri .... boom operator
Patrick Christensen .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Danny Ferraro .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Dann Fink .... adr loop group director (uncredited)
Tyler Heath .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Paul Tirone .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Conrad V. Brink Jr. .... special effects coordinator
Chris Cline .... remote control car technician
Gilbert Gertsen .... special effects technician (as Gilbert H. Gertsen)
Mike Maggi .... special effects foreman
William F. Reynolds .... special effects technician
David Waine .... remote control car foreman
 
Visual Effects by
Thomas J. Smith .... visual effects supervisor
Ryan Andersen .... visual effects editorial coordinator: Shade vfx (uncredited)
Daniel A Flores .... rotoscope artist: Shade VFX (uncredited)
Bryan Godwin .... visual effects supervisor: Shade VFX (uncredited)
Nat Jencks .... visual effects (uncredited)
Harimander Singh Khalsa .... compositing supervisor: Shade VFX (uncredited)
Beejal Lakhavani .... visual effects editorial production assistant: Shade VFX (uncredited)
Karen M. Nichols .... Flame artist (uncredited)
Andrew Pellicer .... 2D intern: Shade VFX (uncredited)
Ryan J. Quinlan .... compositor (uncredited)
John Riddle .... technical director: Shade VFX (uncredited)
Joseph A. Spano III .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Shane Strickman .... digital effects producer: Shade VFX (uncredited)
David Van Dyke .... visual effects executive producer: Shade VFX (uncredited)
 
Stunts
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator (as George Aguilar)
Nikki Brower .... stunt double: Rooney Mara
Nikki Brower .... stunts (as Nikki Bower)
Nicole Callender .... stunts (as Nicole Callendar)
Blaise Corrigan .... stunts
Josh Lakatos .... stunts
Declan Mulvey .... stunts
Christopher Place .... stunts (as Chris Place)
Stephen A. Pope .... stunts (as Stephen Pope)
Derrick Simmons .... stunts
Chris Cenatiempo .... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Paguia .... stunts (uncredited)
Thomas Place .... stunts (uncredited)
Trampas Thompson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert A. Agredo .... dolly grip
Julian de la Pena .... best boy rigging electric
Pedro Diez .... grip (as Pedro Díez)
Michael Fradianni .... generator operator
Bob Gambardella .... electrician
Bob Izzo .... best boy grip
Kevin Janicelli .... shop electric
William Jones .... rigging best boy grip (as Bill Jones)
Meg Kettell .... b camera second assistant
Scott Maher .... electrician
Sean McCardell .... electrician
John McEnerney .... rigging key grip
Steven Meizler .... a camera first assistant
John Joseph Minardi .... key grip
Kevin Murphy .... rigging gaffer
Patrick B. O'Brien .... camera operator
Rocco Palmieri .... best boy electric
Benjamin Relf .... video playback
Chris Silano .... b camera first assistant
Mike Sime .... video playback (as Michael Sime)
Kevin Smyth .... key grip: New York
Troy Sola .... digital loader (as Troy Solá)
Alexis van Kersen Li .... a camera second assistant
Peter Walts .... gaffer
Barry Wetcher .... still photographer
Braden Belmonte .... second assistant camera: "a" camera: re-shoots (uncredited)
Christian May .... best boy electric (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Julia Ballou .... casting intern
Melanie Block .... background casting associate
Allison Hall .... background casting associate
Wittney Horton .... casting associate
Jamie Jacobson .... child extras casting (uncredited)
Brittani Smith .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Bruce Winant .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Olivia Barrand .... tailor
Merav Elbaz Belschner .... additional costumer (as Merav Elbaz)
Trenee Clayton .... set costumer (as Magdalene 'Treneè' Clayton)
Pashelle Clayton-Robinson .... costume supervisor (as Pashelle L. Clayton)
Sandi Figueroa .... set costumer
Kristin Lindbeck .... costume production assistant
Kristine McFall .... costume production assistant
Amy Ritchings .... assistant costume designer
Gregg Simmons .... additional costumer (as Gregg E. Simmons)
Aisha Williams .... costume production assistant
Antoinette Scherer .... additional set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Corey Bayes .... first assistant editor
Philip Beckner .... digital intermediate editorial: Fotokem
John Daro .... digital intermediate colorist: Fotokem
Paul Lavoie .... digital intermediate producer: Fotokem
Joseph Malloch .... post-production coordinator
Dan Muscarella .... color timer: Fotokem
John Nicolard .... digital intermediate supervisor: Fotokem
David Rosenthal .... digital intermediate i/o supervisor: Fotokem
Bill Schultz .... digital intermediate general manager: Fotokem
Erin Sullivan .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Charles M. Barsamian .... music services: Cutting Edge
Bill Bernstein .... music editor
Rick Cox .... instrumental soloist
George Doering .... instrumental soloist
Michael Fisher .... instrumental soloist (as Mike Fisher)
Laura Katz .... music services: Cutting Edge
Ernest Lee .... technical coordination
Larry Mah .... digital audio
Shinnosuke Miyazawa .... assistant engineer (as Shin Miyazawa)
Tara Moross .... music services: Cutting Edge
Andy Ross .... music services: Cutting Edge
Steve Tavaglione .... instrumental soloist
Thomas Vicari .... music mixer (as Tommy Vicari)
Thomas Vicari .... music recordist (as Tommy Vicari)
Mark Petrie .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Joe Brennan .... driver
Richard R. Busardo .... driver (as Richard Busardo)
Carlos Covian .... transportation co-captain (as Carlos E. Covian)
Rocco Curatolo .... driver
Jude Donnelly .... driver
Bruce Golden .... driver
Kevin Grzan .... driver
Tony Ingrassellino .... transportation captain
Thomas Kearns .... driver (as Thomas M. Kearns)
James Kelly .... driver (as James F. Kelly)
John Lalor .... driver
Anthony Lettich .... driver
Jeremy Olszewski .... driver
Nick Piccinich .... driver
Salvatore J. Rotundo .... driver
James Schmidt .... driver
Danny Yannatuono .... driver
 
Other crew
Elise Aliberti .... assistant: Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Douglas Armitage .... location production assistant
Sasha Bardey .... technical advisor (as Sasha Bardey M.D.)
Alex Berard .... location assistant
Karen Bove .... assistant: James D. Stern, Endgame Entertainment
Eva Z. Cabrera .... script supervisor
Byron Caracundo .... craft assistant: Martini Craft
Sean Carroll .... chef: Tribe Road Catering
Rob Clifford .... office staff assistant
Ryan Coleman .... location assistant
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance researcher
Mike Costello .... cast security supervisor (as Michael Costello)
Jacq Donegan .... production coordinator
Jesse Ehman .... office staff assistant: Los Angeles
Estefania Fernandez .... production secretary
Kyle Fitzgerald .... assistant: Douglas Hansen & Gregory R. Schenz, Endgame Entertainment
Robbie Florian .... office intern
Andy Gilbert .... chef: Tribe Road Catering (as Andrew J. Gilbert)
Shellie Gillespie .... payroll accountant
Heather Gothie .... production secretary: Los Angeles
David 'Gus' Gustafson .... assistant production coordinator (as Gus Gustafson)
Tony Harmening .... craft service: Martini Craft
Michael Hidalgo .... accounting clerk
Sean Hogan .... production accountant (as Seán Hogan)
Michelle Israel .... set production assistant
Ben Jackson .... assistant: Jude Law
Samson Jacobson .... location assistant
Lyndon Jones .... assistant: Catherine Zeta-Jones
Claire Kenny .... assistant: Steven Soderbergh
Brian Ketcham .... location assistant
Julie Kuehndorf .... publicist
Steven Lafferty .... set production assistant
Marion Machado .... medical technical advisor
Jack Maloney .... assistant: Channing Tatum
John Mara Jr. .... assistant: Rooney Mara
Kristy Maurer .... assistant: Julie Goldstein & Lucas Smith, Endgame Entertainment
John A. McCormack .... police technical advisor
Hannah Mescon .... assistant: Scott Z. Burns
Ken Meyer .... legal services
Liz Modena .... post production accountant
Matthew Monaco .... first assistant accountant
Elaine Mongeon .... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
Elaine Mongeon .... assistant: Gregory Jacobs
Eleanor Nett .... production executive: Endgame Entertainment
Nick Notte .... set production assistant (as Nicholas Notte)
Benjamin Orozco .... second assistant accountant
Hyo Park .... location scout
Derek Pastures .... parking coordinator
Felix Puente .... key craft: Martini Craft
Dru Radovich .... assistant: Cindy Wilkinson Kirven, Endgame Entertainment
Shavit Rein .... office staff assistant
Deborah Ricketts .... archive footage coordinator
Felix Rivera .... chef: Tribe Road Catering
Danny Rosett .... marketing consultant: Endgame Entertainment
Brittany Rostron .... location coordinator
Julie Sage .... location assistant
Howard Samuelsohn .... dialect coach
Gregory R. Schenz .... business and legal affairs: Endgame Entertainment
Paul Singh .... assistant location manager
Lucas Smith .... development executive: Endgame Entertainment
Adam M. Stone .... product placement coordinator
Cat Stone .... product placement coordinator
Robert T. Striem .... location manager (as Rob Striem)
Jennifer Vestuto .... office staff assistant (as Jen Vestuto)
Brian Whitfield .... chef assistant: Tribe Road Catering
Cindy Wilkinson Kirven .... finance executive: Endgame Entertainment
Maurier Winston .... on-set security (as Mo Winston)
Eric Wrolstad .... location scout
Paul Zoccolillo .... cast security
Stephen Belmont .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dustin Bewley .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Sussan Cordero .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dan Diaz .... on-set security (uncredited)
Pete Donohue .... production assistant (uncredited)
John Edmundson .... assistant production coordinator: reshoots (uncredited)
Marissa Fiore .... production assistant (uncredited)
Christa Haley .... production assistant: additional (uncredited)
Cort Hessler .... marine coordinator (uncredited)
Adam Levy .... set medic (uncredited)
Timothy Martin .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Sara Neuffer .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sarah Perlin .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Bill Richards .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Chelsea Ryan .... additional set production assistant: re-shoots (uncredited)
Phillip Saxton .... location assistant (uncredited)
Kristina Siska .... additional craft service (uncredited)
Logan Steinhardt .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lygia Day Szelwach .... teacher (uncredited)
Mara Tuleutayeva .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ryan Tuller .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Katie Watson .... business representative: SAG (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Matthew D'Emic .... the producers wish to thank
Erica Ellis .... the producers wish to thank (as Erica Ellis MD)
Catherine London .... the producers wish to thank
Layla Stone .... the producers wish to thank
 
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Trivia:
Steven Soderbergh considered casting Lindsay Lohan for the role of Emily and he auditioned her three times. However, producers felt that her ongoing legal issues would disrupt the production process. Rooney Mara was eventually cast for the part.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the final scene where she visits him in the office, she is walking outside in the rain with an umbrella. When she is inside the office, the umbrella is dry.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Female Guard:Front door!
Prison Desk Guard:I can't let it in unless I see it.
Upset Visitor:I know. I know what the rules are. I'm just asking if you can make an exception.
Prison Desk Guard:There are no exceptions. That's why we have rules.
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Soundtrack:
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067 - Menuet & RondeauSee more »

FAQ

Could drugs cause someone to sleepwalk and/or kill someone?
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75 out of 89 people found the following review useful.
"Did You Try to Hurt Yourself?", 10 February 2013
Author: the_grand_lebowski from United States

In our pharmaceutically inclined society, side effects are ever-present hazards of prescription drug usage. Whether they are minimized in print, or spoken in a hushed tone at the close of television commercials, side effects have become a shady companion of prescription drugs. Side Effects, Steven Soderbergh's alleged final film, focuses on the consequences visited upon a young couple after the side effects from the wife's medication cause her to commit an alarming act. As the chasm opens beneath this young woman, her psychiatrist struggles with his responsibility for her predicament, and confront his lingering suspicion about his patient's state of mind.

Ever the auteur, Soderbergh remains delightfully unpredictable with this latest feature. Side Effects initially presents itself as an indictment of the pharmaceutical industry, wearing its heavy-handed message on its sleeve, but promptly converts into a psychological suspense thriller. Soderbergh stares you directly in the eyes while he rips the rug from beneath your feet, sending you spiraling toward a conclusion that is equally unexpected and pleasing. Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum) channel Hitchcock, creating an in-depth narrative that remains unpredictable until its final scene.

Soderbergh is known for generating a positive film environment for his cast, and maximizing the actors' potential in his films. Although the cast for Side Effects is comprised of actors who have previously provided impressive performances, each actor presents a character that rivals any prior roles. Rooney Mara plays the young woman at the epicenter of the conflict. Mara is extremely engrossing, creating an aura of discontent and depression within her situation. She acts as the film's catalyst, holding all the characters together while prompting them toward their conclusions. Attractive, graceful, and erratic, Mara is the wounded girl who isn't all that she seems.

While the film's driving force is Mara, Jude Law is its principle focus. As Mara's overwhelmed psychiatrist, Law provides his most empathetic role to date. Law establishes a flawed character who struggles with the consequences forced upon him, and transforms into a protagonist worthy of our admiration. Law and Mara provide such intriguing characterizations, Soderbergh seems to have difficulty deciding which to devote more time to. The scenes they share are the most arresting in this film.

There are few things more satisfying than a film which receives little attention, but creates an unexpectedly entertaining experience. Though Soderbergh has billed Side Effects as his swan song, he confirms that he is a cinematic mastermind in a film that would be an impressive conclusion to an eccentric career. Indulge in this unconventional thriller; you won't mind the side effects.

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