Cast: Rosamund Mary Ellen Pike, Peter Hayden Dinklage, Eiza González Reyna, Dianne Evelyn Wiest
Director: J Blakeson
I care a lot, is an invigorating film with an electric, dark comedy thriller, induced in subterfuge by the writer/director J Blakeson. The gripping plot of the inebriating film is circumfused around the kidnapping of elderlies under the false show of “protection”, a profitable business.
Marla Grayson is a con woman who makes her living by persuading a judge to appoint her to the guardianship of elders living on their own, under the impression that they cannot take care of themselves. She then places the elders in an assisted living facility and cuts off all contact to the outside world, selling their homes and assets for her own profits.
Everything seems to be going smoothly in our cloaked advocate’s life, where she is kind, empathetic, and vocal for the vulnerable. The voiceless victims kept falling prey to Marla and Fran (Eiza González), her partner in business and romance until they receive a tip from Dr. Karen Amos, with whom she has an arrangement. The doctor informs her about a wealthy elder they can exploit Jennifer Peterson, a single retiree with no family. Amos accompanies Marla to court and falsely testifies that Jennifer is unable to care for herself, and the judge appoints Marla as her guardian. Marla then moves her into the assisted living facility and discovers valuable diamonds in Jennifer’s safety deposit box.
Mrs. Peterson seemed like the easiest and the most profitable victim to Marla and Fran, Fran even goes on to say, “like a golden f**king goose”. The first enthralling plot twist is revealed when Marla stumbles upon Mrs. Peterson’s hidden diamonds and soon realizes that they might have made a mistake this time by choosing Mrs. Peterson, and that by kidnapping, imprisoning, they have angered some dangerous and violent people.
Blakeson introduces his character so foxily, and he presented his strongest opposition in, as slick and vivid. Peter Dinklage is low-key chilling as a volatile Russian mobster with a proclivity for pastries, and Chris Messina has a tremendous scene as his smooth-talking lawyer, who strides into Marla’s office and tries to buy her off before resorting to threats. The snappy and increasingly intense exchange, with both actors matching each other barb for barb, is the film’s highlight.
Rosamund Pike kept her audience hooked to their screens as she slew it with her performance as con artist Marla Grayson. Blakeson has very judiciously cajoled the antagonist, Marla Grayson that the audience is kept deceived if whether she really might be the protagonist. The twists and twirls of the film keep it entertaining as well as absorbing, especially with the characters enlivening and seeming surrealistically real with emotions and actions. The verve of the storytelling and last-minute twist on display keeps you gripped to the seats, the nail-biting movie is a must-watch for the exuberance on Netflix.