In I Care a Lot, Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) plays a legal guardian who tries to bilk an old lady (played by two-time Academy Award winner Diane Weist) out of her fortune until she runs a fowl of a dangerous gangster (played by five-time Emmy winner Peter Dinklage). The film also features supporting turns by Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver) as an assistant/lover of Pikes character and Chris Messina (The Newsroom) as a shady lawyer for Weist’s character and who works for Dinklage’s character.
Writer/director J Blakeson has crafted a witty satire on our healthcare system in the country. The hows and whys of it all will just give away all the great plot twists and turns. Suffice it to say, this film is a damning look at how people are taken care of and those in control of the system, be it judges, lawyers, or caregivers. This is a rigged system. Somebody is going to make money off of the misfortunes of others. Namely the sick and elderly. It’s a travesty of nature.
Rosalind Pike has done a lot in her career since her sinister turn in David Fincher’s Gone Girl. She played quite a few real people over that period. Her first big break was as a Bond Girl, Miranda Frost, in Die Another Day. She’s traversed little indie films, stage work, and big-budget blockers all through her career. She has done it all. That being said, the role of a con artist and swindler in I Care A Lot might be the best work of her career. She plays this role with such confidence and guile. It’s a nice change of pace for her.
I Care A Lot has a great script. It has so many twists and turns I didn’t see coming. It makes sense such heavyweights like Pike, Dinklage, and Weist were attracted to it. It has so much for everybody in it. Everybody gets to share in the great dialogue and witty banter. Sometimes it’s almost like they are enjoying themselves a little too much. Pike seems to have a smile on her face the entire time. It’s obvious to tell she is having a blast in this role. The same goes for Wiest. Dinklage is his normal stoic self, but that is par for the course for him.
I Care A Lot is a great look at the facilities for the well-being of senior citizens and those that run them. It also has great performances by everyone involved, especially Pike, who may have given the best performance of her career. This is not a true story or anything, but it does make one think about this system and the blatant corruption and misbehavior of those running the facilities. J Blakeson has made an enjoyable film despite the controversial subject matter.
Dan Skip Allen
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