Sweet Trailer…'Side Effects'

You may have seen this trailer already, given that it hit the web on Friday, but Steven Soderbergh’s films generally tend to be worth getting excited for and talking about. So, basically, forgive me for being late to the party. After the string of wins Soderbergh has had recently (2011’s Contagion, this year’s Haywire and, much more notably, Magic Mike), the chameleonic director doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of softening up or slowing down; the trailer for pharmaceutical drama/thriller Side Effects more or less confirms this while also continuing Soderbergh’s habit of keeping to a consistent roster of actors. See for yourself:

That’s right: after appearing in both of Soderbergh’s 2012 releases, Channing Tatum will break the trend by…showing up inSide Effects, too. Not that I mind, of course, since the guy deserves to be in nothing but very good movies by very talented directors (which is to say nothing of the fact that his role here could extend his good 2012 to a good 2012-2013 stretch). Of course, Tatum isn’t the only news here– Rooney Mara’s continuing to do her career favors by filling in for the lead role here, and Soderbergh’s pairing both of them with the likes of Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

I don’t have a full plot synopsis at my disposal, but we can glean enough basic information from the trailer to put together an idea of what the film’s about. Murder, litigation, corporate intrigue, conspiracy, sex…seems like a great recipe for tension and suspense to me. Side Effects opens February 8th, 2013. Has Soderbergh won you over enough with his last few efforts to get you into theaters for this film?