After he is evicted from his home, a single father accepts work from
the real estate broker who evicted him, despite his reluctance.
99 Homes (2015)
Directed by Ramin Bahrani
Written by Ramin Bahrani and Amir Naderi
Starring Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern,
Noah Lomax, Tim Guinee
99 Homes is a bitter story that draws inspiration from the recent housing crisis in order to craft a drama showing how the collapse affected the middle class. The film focuses on recently evicted single father Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) and how he's forced to accept work from despicable real estate broker Rick Carver (Michael Shannon), who evicted Nash in the first place. Overall, it's a depressing story that is all too real, considering the amount of families that lost everything to the big banks and the government.
Both Garfield and Shannon deliver powerhouse performances, with Shannon being especially memorable as a truly horrible villain. His character, Rick Carver, manipulated the law to get himself rich and seemed to find joy in sabotaging families. Garfield finally stepped out of his Spider-Man shoes and convincingly played a single father forced into a bad situation that he can't help but find enjoyment in until it starts hitting too close to home. Seeing Dennis become the very thing he despised was sad to watch.
This film is a great story of greed, loss, corruption, and the desire to do the right thing. It stands on the strength of its two leads' performances as well as its impressive script and realistic look at the inner workings of the dark side of the housing market. After watching this time, you'll start looking at "foreclosure" signs differently. I guarantee it.