J Blakeson’s I Care a Lot is among extremely few films where everybody in it is a bad guy. In the lead role, Rosamund Pike ushers in a new amoral high mark as conservator con artist Marla Grayson.
Peter Dinklage at the same time mines the common Hollywood heavy function for an unanticipated haul of gangster gravitas.
And with his turn as Roman Lunyov, the former black sheep of the Lannister family members in Game of Thrones joins the likes with the similarity of Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Wesley Snipes, and also Humphrey Bogart as remarkable cinema criminal.
“The main reason to watch I Care a Lot, J Blakeson’s twisty thriller now on Netflix, is Rosamund Pike. The film around her character, Marla Grayson, is a bit of a monster — in the old sense of the word, in that it has the body of one beast and the tail of another. I Care a Lot wants to race along like a caper movie; it wants to sting like a satire. But it often winds up fighting itself, paralyzed by its own toxin.
Marla’s grift is (mostly) legal elder abuse. She bribes a physician to say an elderly patient is mentally unfit, then she persuades a judge to appoint her as the senior’s guardian. In one fell swoop, Marla gets the power to put her wards away in a nursing home, where she can control them totally, from limiting their visitors to liquidating their bank balances.
She uses the proceeds to pay herself, and the money rolls in. You might think that Marla, who needs to pull the wool over people’s eyes, would come to court in sheep’s clothing, but no. When we see her twisting the system round her finger, Pike’s hair slices sharply enough across her cheekbones to draw blood. She looks like the dragon-lady boss in a ’90s corporate thriller, a stalking predator in a bloodred dress.”Source