It’s nearly impossible to love movies but not ruin them for yourself. Trailers and sneak peeks entice movie lovers but often spoil fun plot points or even misdirect (sometimes intentionally) viewers. Steven Soderbegh’s newest (his 9th in the last 6 years, with an HBO movie on soon to arrive) most likely isn’t the movie you think it is. It’s not even the movie you probably think it is after the first half of its run time.
About midway through, the movie pivots and reveals itself to be a taught thriller. One that made me want to go back and see just how we got where we ended up. That the film is able to change that drastically without having to alter tone or tear down what had already been established is testament to the direction of Soderbegh and the writing of Scott Z. Burns (this being their 3rd collaboration in 4 years).
The best thing you could do is watch Side Effects without knowing anything about it. But if you’re reading this, you’ve already gone too far. So go see it and then think about seeing it again. Think about what it is on its own merits and not based on what the trailer is telling you it is. Or what your own eyes are telling you.
the amount of which I’m looking forward to this movie about male strippers.