There is normally at least one person to route for in most films, you won't find that here. I Care A Lot is filled with despicable people, none of the characters on show are likeable, they're all out to get each other, with this brings an interesting change to the norm of having a "good guy" to follow.
Written by Elliot Lines
The film centres around Maria Grayson (Rosamund Pike), a crooked legal guardian who takes from the elderly, steals all their worth by convincing them they are alone and senile. But Maria meets her match when she picks the wrong mark, and she gets more than she bargained for when getting mixed up with Roman Lunyov (Peter Dinklage).
We've seen it before, but Rosamund Pike is a scene stealer. Anytime she appears she commands the moment, taking control completely. Her character requires this kind of control and benefits greatly from the stellar performance. She wants to be the smartest person in the room, two steps ahead at every turn, and in most cases she certainly is. This is until she meets her match, or so it seems.
There are an astounding number of twists throughout the duration of the film, and each one adds an additional layer to the story line. Just when you think you have worked out the outcome, someone bounces back, turning the tide on its head, making the story not only compelling but interesting throughout, with a truly shocking end.
However, there seems to be this overpowering score that is a constant throughout, taking over each scene, almost damaging the effectiveness of each event that transpires, also accompanied by video montages that were used far to regularly. If these was more sparsely used then this almost certainly would've had a shot at one of the best of the year, but these choices damaged that chance.
Offering something a little different in the crime genre, there is no on to route for, the characters are almost hateable, but strangely in a good way. The story is great to follow and filled with plenty of twists you don't see coming.
Coming to Netflix or Amazon Prime February 19, 2021.