“I Care a Lot” takes the anti-capitalist screed style to a brand new excessive: ruthlessly robbing grannies.
Rosamund Pike performs Marla, a lady who works as a court-appointed guardian to aged individuals who both don’t have any household, or whose family members will not be match to handle them. It’s a simple, if soulless, gig. As soon as her wards die, she will get to maintain their money.
Marla makes her already sleazy career much more unethical by bribing docs to testify underneath oath that some older sufferers are worse off than they’re, forcing them into her grubby clutches.
“Enjoying honest is a joke invented by wealthy individuals to maintain the remainder of us poor,” says Pike in that calm-but-threatening voice of hers throughout a narration. “You’re not good individuals. There’s no such factor pretty much as good individuals.”
Working time: 118 minutes. Rated R (language all through and a few violence.) On Netflix.
Maybe, however to recap: Marla makes her residing by mendacity to seniors, ready until they die after which pocketing their cash. Is there such a factor as evil individuals?
Up thus far, director J Blakeson’s film is a pointy satire of how society treats previous people, nevertheless it loses its punch when she takes on a well-to-do new ward, Jennifer (Dianne Wiest).
Marla forces the lady from her stunning home and into an elder care residence the place she’s not allowed any guests. However, we uncover, Jennifer secretly has a son who’s in hiding … as a result of he’s a Russian mafioso (Peter Dinklage). He flexes his harmful muscle mass to rescue Mamushka.
The promising satire then shifts to a typical thriller with bloody shoot-outs, druggings, tazings and a automobile dramatically plummeting off a cliff. That enterprise wears skinny quick. “I Care a Lot” is nearly two separate movies, and I a lot want the primary one.
Pike, who’s nominated for a Golden Globe for the half (placing this within the “comedy or musical” class is a stretch), is effectively forged right here. She brings alongside these vacant “Gone Lady” expressions that masks a killer intuition. However there’s not a lot she will be able to do when the movie turns into a loathsome grudge match of Pike versus felony Dinklage.
How are we supposed to decide on between a grave robber and a Russian mob boss? Who cares?