I Care a Lot

I Care a Lot ★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

It starts off with a good idea, and is compelling enough to make you want to find out what happens, but you can drive a Mack truck through all the plot holes.

The major problem here is that I spent three-quarters of the movie rooting for Rosamund Pike to be flayed (yes, that's skinned alive). Her character is a giant C whose scam to declare older folks incompetent, get them in a home and then strip them of all their worldly goods and leave them in a facility where they can't even speak to their kids. It's hard to like her or anyone in the film and it's frustrating because it brings out the bloodlust. As a satire it would be fine, but there's a moment in the middle where the tone shifts and we're supposed to care about her and her lesbian lover (who's also in on the scam). And these people are repugnant.

The writing swings from pseudo clever to stupid crass. The plot turns are insane even filtered through "movie" logic. I'll buy some things, but it's hard to believe that a Russian mobster and his cohorts can be so incompetent. Also hard to buy that after they pour alcohol through a hose, down into her stomach and set her off in a car to crash into a lake, she somehow finds the wherewithal to be a superhero and escape.

SPOILER ALERT: She does get her comeuppance, but, while justified, it's soft.