The band whose alliances are not established early is rare. Beyond “good” and “bad”, who does the film want us to ally with? The film Neglect, I Care A Lot (I Care A Lot) is constantly in danger of spiraling out of control, being caught in its own web of deceptions and fed up with a viewer who suddenly wants everyone to do badly. However, director J. Blake (The Fifth Wave, The Disappearance of Alice Creed) manages to maintain control by making proper use of all the lessons he no doubt learned in David Fincher’s “School for Disturbed Characters.” If there has ever been a good example of a successful balance between inspiration and copy, this is it.
The references to Fincher are not very subtle, but there is enough originality for it to survive on its own. From the cold and calculating photography, to the soundtrack that sets the pace and, of course, the very accurate casting of Rosamund Pike who does not repeat her character from Lost, without completely getting rid of her. Thus, the filmmaker takes a shortcut for those of us who are familiar with Amy Dunne … and those who are not, will soon catch up when they know the plan of the protagonist of the film Neglect, I take care of you.
Marla (“that cut in the palate that would heal if only you could stop touching it …”) Grayson is a woman who is dedicated to taking care of the elderly. Her business consists of turning over exaggerated medical reports (of course, the doctor played by Alicia Witt gets her generous share) to the court, who then turn over legal custody to her. Starting from the “goodness of her heart”, Marla is in charge of squeezing everything they have to give them care in a first-rate nursing home … and prevent them from going out again. It’s an infuriating hoax and plausible enough to wonder if this sort of thing will happen. Is it really that easy for an older adult to lose control of their life and their power of consent? The answer is yes and it is devastating. Although the movie Neglect, I take care of you is not based on any real event, it is inspired by various true cases.
Things get complicated for our despicable protagonist and her partner and partner Fran (Eiza González) when she meets Jennifer Peterson –Dianne Wiest, equally fantastic–: a wealthy woman who doesn’t seem to have family or friend connections. Except it does. And this is where the plot really takes off with the commanding arrival of a ruthless Peter Dinklage. He seems to be the only person with the same level of cruelty and immorality as the protagonist..
From then on, the movie is equally frustrating and exciting. The viewer’s alliances are in constant motion and the actions (sometimes executed with the precision of a Swiss watch, sometimes senseless, and sometimes almost superhuman) of the characters make it very difficult to maintain that state of suspension of credibility that it is essential for any movie.
That said, it would be impossible to say that Neglect, I take care of you is not a movie that works. It does have its flaws and it does have its holes, but it manages to triumphantly reach a climax that manages to give the audience what they ask for. It’s hard to tell if the filmmaker turned out well by skill or sheer luck… but I guess it doesn’t make a difference.
Don’t worry, I’ll take care of you is now available on Netflix.
Original title: I Care A Lot
Director: J. Blakeson (The Fifth Wave)
Actors: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage
Don’t worry, I’ll take care of you Peter Dinklage Rosamund Pike
J. Ivan Morales Writer, film director and editorial director at this, his friendly neighbor film publication, Cine PREMIERE. You will never give up hope for a second season of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Firefly.