"A great exploration into the grey areas of society and the global economy in all its corruption."
99 Homes is a dramatic thriller that deals with subject matter that is timely yet universal. It lives in the shattered society of the 2010 economic crisis whose effect ripples today.
The film follows Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield), a single father living with his mother, who is evicted from his home. In order to get it back he finds himself working for Rick Carver (Michael Shannon), the cutthroat real estate agent who evicted him in the first place.
Director Ramin Bahrani has quoted: "The 99% is a global phenomenon. The common man around the world can no longer do hard honest work and expect to thrive against systematic greed and corruption..." This statement emanates throughout the film, which is an intense, confronting and deeply cynical morality tale. With a gripping script from Bahrani and Amir Naderi, enhanced by solid direction that keeps the drama feeling authentic, what unfolds is a fascinating character study of an honest man's values challenged by dire stakes.
The acting is spot on, with Garfield an extremely sympathetic protagonist with a great sense of believability and emotion, matched by Michael Shannon's cold, calculating, yet very charismatic performance. Both of them are damn fine, with welcome support from Laura Dern.
99 Homes is a great exploration into the grey areas of society and the global economy in all its corruption.
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