Med- time story to keep you awake
ADECEPTIVELY intoxicating thriller that is both highly intelligent and highly implausible, marks the self- imposed swansong of master fi lmmaker Steven Soderbergh.
While he is not going out at the very peak of his powers, a second- string Soderbergh effort is still better than most.
Here’s hoping his retirement turns out to be just a little welldeserved long- service leave.
( Renowned as one of the most prolifi c and stylistically diverse in his fi eld, Soderbergh has cranked out an astonishing 17 features since the year 2000).
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It would be fair to say Emily is having a rather tough time of it as the fi lm begins.
Her husband, ex- stockbroker Martin ( Channing Tatum), has just completed a fi ve- year prison sentence for insider trading.
With a long wait over, and the pressure of starting a new life bearing down upon her, Emily has a nervous breakdown.
During a subsequent spell in hospital, Emily is referred to a hotshot British psychiatrist, Jim ( Jude Law).
He prescribes a recentlyreleased wonder drug which looks
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As we all know, looks can be deceiving. And as we come to learn from the antidepressant that Jim is dispensing to his patients does a hell of a lot more than what it says on the label. Not that Jim is any wiser. Like many in his fi eld, Jim has accepted the big- bucks backing of a major pharmaceutical company.
By just pushing his sponsor’s pills at his patients, the paydays come thick and fast.
With Soderbergh’s sure hands on the controls, goes about its unusual line of business a little Hitchcock- ish at times, a
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Nevertheless, it is best not to take cautionary tale of medicinal woe all too seriously.
The fi lm cunningly conceals a camp streak for as long as it can.
By the fi nal half- hour, it can be hidden no longer.
Some will feel Soderbergh indulges in one mini- madcap mood swing too many ( if you’re wondering why Catherine ZetaJones is in the cast, there’s your reason right there). This may be so, but the fi lmmaker is smart enough to never let such a tall story get the better of so many short, sharp thrills.