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  1. Matt Foss
    February 12, 2013

    Hmmm, clearly you were not a fan of this movie. I rather thought it was Soderbergh at his best. I’m not entirely sure, but I really don’t think there have been many feature films focused on prescription drugs.

    They clearly are a major issue and I think debating who is actually responsible if unexpected “side effects” occur to be fascinating. The shift towards the final act was great for me because it was unexpected. Maybe, you’re right in that it may have been shoehorned in to make it more interesting but somehow I don’t completely agree.

    You see, if you really think about it the director methodically set up the final act from the very beginning. I would even go as far to say that it was masterfully executed. While I haven’t seen Magic Mike, I feel like this is a much more suitable final film (yeah right) for Soderbergh.

    Btw, what did you think about the movie Contagion vs. Side Effects? They are both similar on their face, but I strongly disliked the former and as you can tell really enjoyed the latter.

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  2. Black Sheep
    February 13, 2013

    As I understand it, I am in the minority on this film. I’m a big Soderbergh fan and I just felt this was so clunky and laborious to get through. I felt as though every set up he was laying down was so obvious and that by the end of it, they were just throwing more obstacles into the mix to make it more compelling.

    I agree that there aren’t too many films that tackle the topic of prescription drugs but I have seen the issue dealt with on television. Perhaps that is why this felt too slight for a theatrical film for me.

    I much preferred Contagion over Side Effects. It wasn’t anything special but I think it met its goals much better.

    And yes, yeah right, Mr. Soderbergh. We’ll see you again before we know it.

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