Flash Movie Review: I Care a Lot
FOUR MONTHS AFTER MY IDENTITY HAD been stolen, I received a notice from the government that my fraud claim was confirmed, and I was not responsible for any losses. It has been a long four months with me contacting different agencies, freezing my credit report and filing a police report. It all started when I received a notice from unemployment that I had been approved to receive benefits; a debit card was enclosed that I was supposed to activate to receive funds. I knew it was a scam since I was currently employed. Due to the pandemic, I had a harder time getting things accomplished to protect myself. There were the multiple calls to the Social Security Administration, where I had to wait on hold until their phone system would tell me no agents were available and to try back later. Once I finally was able to speak to a representative, I could not get an answer to my questions, like why they are dunning me for 4 payments they claim they sent to me. I asked them where were they sending it; if it was to that debit card I did not activate, why couldn’t they just pull the funds back? Still, I could not get a clear answer and was told I should just hold on to all the paperwork that was sent to me. MY ORDEAL, THOUGH IT WAS A hassle, was manageable for me. However, I did wonder how I would have handled it if I was older. It is weird how it just happens; that sense of vulnerability that enters our consciousness as we get older. When I was younger, I gave little thought to walking in the snow and ice during winter; now, I am hyper aware of where I am stepping on an icy wet pavement. Will I become easily confused in my senior years? Will I be an easy target for scammers? These are things I think about now. They had a news report recently of a senior citizen in a nursing home who was milked out of her savings to the tune of $500,000.00. She was befriended by an employee at the nursing home who would have her sign withdrawal slips for small amounts of money from her savings account. Over time the small amounts added up and left the woman very little to live on. It was heartbreaking to see and confirmed my fears that the elderly can be such easy targets. If I get to a point where I might become easily confused, I hope I would know to find an advocate for me, someone who would watch out for my best interests. If you care to see an example of what could happen, then watch this dark comedy, crime thriller. MARLA GRAYSON, PLAYED BY ROSAMUND PIKE (A Private War, Gone Girl), had a good thing going of being a legal guardian for those who could not take care of themselves. That is until she became the guardian to someone who had a couple of secrets of her own. With Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones-TV, X-men: Days of Future Past) as Roman Lunyov, Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver, Paradise Hills) as Fran, Dianne Wiest (Hannah and her Sisters, Darling Companion) as Jennifer Peterson and Chris Messina (Away We Go, Ruby Sparks) as Dean Ericson; this Golden Globe nominated movie had an interesting premise. I felt the writers could have gone in a variety of ways to make their point. However, the way they chose I found horrible. I thought the script was mean spirited and ignorant. The only thing that kept me watching this film was the performances by Rosamund, Peter and Dianne. They were excellent; but I do not know how they kept this picture going, because there was no moral compass in the story and there really was no character that elicited any sympathy from me. If it wasn’t for the acting, I would have given this film a lower rating of stars.
1 7/8 stars
Posted on February 24, 2021, in Thriller and tagged 1 7/8 stars, chris messina, comedy, crime, dianne wiest, eiza gonzalez, golden globe, guardian, peter dinklage, rosamund pike, thriller. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
We hat as n ordeal. I am sorry to learn of your bad encounter.
Thank you for the comments and good luck to you as well.
Isnt…..the whole point of this movie to not give you a morally satisfying set of characters? I think you missed the entire point of this movie. Which is even more confusing given the lengthy introduction you provided about scam artists.
Hi Tom, Thank you for the comments. For me without a moral center and feeling the ending was a quick fix, this was not my type of entertainment. i am glad you felt connected to it.
Hi Joltz, actually I agree with you on the lack of entertainment. I did not like this movie at all. I am fully on your side about how the characters are unlikable. My point was just that all of the unpleasantness was intentional. I also thought the ending was a betrayal of the realism of the first 2/3rds of the story. So no, I think I appreciated the movie but wasn’t very much a fan either lol
Hi Tom, Thanks for the in-depth comments about the film; I truly appreciate it. I do not look at any reviews of a film until after I review it; so, it will be curious to see what others thought of this movie. Take care and stay safe.