By Megan Bianco
For those who were not feeling nostalgic and caught Top Gun(1986) in IMAX 3D last weekend, audiences had a special chance to see Steven Soderbergh’s self-reported last feature, Side Effects. The film stars Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum—the latter three not new to working with the director, while Mara solidifies herself as one of the best new faces and talents to enter Hollywood, in her first film since her Oscar nomination in 2012, for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo(2010).
When her husband (Tatum) returns home from a stint in prison, a young professional, Emily (Mara), can’t get a grip on her depression. After a suicide attempt, she is assigned to psychiatrist John Banks (Law) who prescribes her medications and therapy. When neither work as they should, John meets with Emily’s previous psychiatrist (Zeta-Jones), and things begin to appear off balance.
Vinessa Shaw and Ann Dowd co-star. Soderbergh has already visited eyebrow raising themes with films like Sex, Lies and Videotape(1989) and Magic Mike(2012), revamped a classic franchise (Ocean’s Eleven) and won Best Director at the Oscars 12 years ago for Traffic(2000). His Contagion(2011) made us afraid of viruses and now Side Effects makes us second guess our pill culture. If Soderbergh is true to his word about retiring, this isn’t a bad note to end on.