- Cast: Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones, David Costabile, Mamie Gummer, Victor Cruz, Vinessa Shaw, Ann Dowd, Russell G. Jones, Mitchell Michaliszyn, Susan Gross, J. Claude Deering, Vladimi Versailles, Sasha Bardey, Michelle Vergara Moore, Polly Draper, Timothy Klein, Carmen Pelaez, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Andrea Bogart, Scott Shepherd, Michael Nathanson, Sheila Tapia, Josh Elliott
- Director: Steven Soderbergh
- Writer: Scott Z. Burns
- Producers: Scott Z. Burns, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Gregory Jacobs
- Co Producers: Sasha Bardey, Elena de Leonardis
- Executive Producers: Douglas Hansen, Michael Polaire, James D. Stern
- Casting: Carmen Cuba
- Costume Design: Susan Lyall
- D.O.P.: Peter Andrews
- Editor: Mary Ann Bernard
- Makeup: Nicki Ledermann
- Music: Thomas Newman
- Production Design: Howard Cummings
- Set Decorations: Rena DeAngelo, Seema Kashyap, Mithva Krishen, Jeanette Scott
Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) is a successful psychiatrist who begins having sessions with Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara), a young married woman who is dealing with the jail release of her husband Martin (Channing Tatum). When Emily is reunited with Martin, Banks prescribes a drug called Ablixa to treat Emily's anxiety disorder. Soon after taking the drug, Emily awakens to find a dead body in her apartment, having murdered the person. Banks is then heavily criticized, investigated and questioned whether it was Emily's intention to murder the woman, or if she is a victim of his medical treatment.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: New York City, USA
- MPAA Warning: Sexuality, nudity, violence and language
- Production Budget: $30 million
- Production Companies: Di Bonaventura Pictures, Endgame Entertainment
- Production Schedule: 5 April 2012 - 23 May 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "Once a truly great filmmaker, Steven Soderbergh's films have taken on an oddly TV movie look and feel ever since 2009's "The Girlfriend Experience". From the 'urine haze' saffron filter over many scenes in "Contagion" and "Magic Mike," to some lacklustre and generic scripts that reek of direct-to-DVD fare. It's all seemed oddly bland and safe for a director who used to push boundaries.
The trend continues with this psychological thriller formerly titled "The Bitter Pill." The story follows a young woman (Rooney Mara) whose insider trader husband (Channing Tatum) has just been released from jail. She soon falls into depression, fuelled by an unscrupulous doctor (Jude Law) who carelessly administers a prescription drug. Things get nasty when a body turns up and a lawsuit against the doctor and the pharmaceutical company is launched.
A recent trailer makes it look like one of those formulaic 1990s thrillers with Channing Tatum in the hapless Jeanne Tripplehorn or Anne Archer role, Jude Law as Michael Douglas, and Mara as the woman who initially seems like a victim, but is revealed to be a scheming bitch who masterminded an elaborate scheme to get rich. Despite the overly familiarity of these recent Soderbergh films, they have all proven to be of a solid enough calibre that they're usually worth one go around."