Main Plot Points:
- In this timely thriller, when single father Dennis Nash (Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield) is evicted from his home, his only chance to win it back is to work for Rick Carver (Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon), the ruthless businessman who evicted him in the first place.
- It’s a deal-with-the-devil that may save his family home; but as Nash falls deeper into Carver’s web, he finds his situation grows more brutal and dangerous than he ever imagined.
What We Thought:
- 99 Homes is a solid drama with a ridiculously good performance from Michael Shannon.
- The film is about the housing crash of a few years ago. People can’t pay their mortgages, the banks seize them and real estate people come in, buy them, fix them and resell them. It sounds awful, but I’ll talk about that part in a bit, but first the performances.
- Shannon is one of the best actors going today and he’s fantastic in this. In reality, his character is 100% a bad guy, but Shannon is so perfect in the role of real estate guy Rick Carver that you completely understand how Andrew Garfield could get wrapped up in the business.
- I expected to love Shannon which I did, but the surprise here is Garfield. I never thought he was a bad actor, but never saw much more than average in him. This is hands down his best performance to date and he holds his own quite well opposite his scenes with Shannon. Everyone talks about how good he is, he finally proved himself to me with this.
- As I said before the film is about the housing collapse of a few years ago. Garfield, his son and mother get evicted from their house because they didn’t pay their mortgage. It sounds awful to some, but I really didn’t feel too bad for them. You can’t pay your bills, well you lose things. That’s how it is. The film shows other families in same situations and men like Carver making millions because of it.
- I was expecting the film to really pander to emotions and make the families the focus. I was expecting another “Business/banks are bad” type film and sure it shows some terrible things banks and business people do, but it doesn’t beat you over the head with it. I appreciate that.
- I was expecting an anti 1%er movie, but instead you really understand why Garfield can follow Shannon. Garfield wants to take care of his son and get his home back and he’s willing to do whatever it takes. If you don’t have money and lose everything, there really aren’t any lines you aren’t willing to cross to take care of your family.
- Plus Shannon’s character is so damn righteous and over the top you almost root for him and support his actions. He firmly makes cases for why people lose their homes and how it’s not just bankers screwing over people, people are screwing themselves buying things they can’t afford and not taking responsibility for their own actions. I actually found myself nodding with agreement with him at times.
- 99 Homes is one of the best dramas I’ve seen of late. Shannon was just perfect in it and I like Andrew Garfield now because of the film. It’s well made, well acted and the ending isn’t what I was expecting either. If you can find it, see it.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Michael Shannon
- Andrew Garfield
- Laura Dern
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