Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects, one of his supposedly final films, tells what we think is going to be the story of depression, big pharma, and conspiracy. Only one of those three things turns out to be true when the film makes a surprising turn about half way through. Starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, and Catherine Zeta Jones, the film is moody and aesthetic, and Mara's performance is one hundred percent convincing.
The plot is intriguing but a bit rushed and hole-y. The opening could have been trimmed down to leave room for a more satisfying unfolding of the second half, and sadly Jude Law seemed slightly miscast. But, just as we never know what to expect from Soderbergh's next film, the director who has brought us almost every kind of movie (twenty six movies in 25 years), this film is great for it's turn on the unexpected, and is definitely worth a watch.