I Care a Lot

I Care a Lot ★★★★

I Care A Lot is a disturbingly watchable black comedy that could easily have come from Joel and Ethan Coen. Things get underway with a knockout opening sequence from writer and director J Blakeson that superbly and effectively greases the wheels for a narrative flowing with unexpected twists and turns.

It centres on crooked professional court-appointed guardian Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike). Grayson genuinely displays predatory wickedness as she routinely swindles her elderly victims' savings after making them her wards, whisking them off to care facilities and profiting from the sale of their assets. However, her latest target, retiree Jennifer Peterson isn't quite the simple payload she initially anticipated and lands in hot water when she learns that the woman has connections to a powerful Russian mafioso.

The progressively engrossing film becomes intensified by the efforts of a uniformly captivating cast, with Pike being particularly tremendous as the ice-cold central character who doesn't apologize to anyone for her behaviour. The supporting cast also delivers strong performances, including Dianne Wiest and Peter Dinklage. Blakeson's smart script provides an unpleasant crime film that submits a completely compassion-free narrative with no qualms basking on its characters' nastiness. There's no one to applaud without feeling guilty as he slowly peels back the layers of his individuals. I Care a Lot is cynical entertainment, but the film is also a reminder of the all-too-often scams directed at the elderly.

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