Starring: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Noah Lomax
Directed By: Ramin Bahrani
Written By: Ramin Bahrani, Amir Naderi, Bahareh Azimi
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 52 min
Set amidst the Great Recession and housing market collapse, 99 Homes is a powerful morality tale. Pitting ‘survival of the fittest’ thinking against doing the right thing. About a corrupt capitalist system that needed saving from itself by exploiting the communities it was destroying. If you weren’t already angry about the economic collapse in 2008, and the ‘too big to fail’ bank bailouts, then 99 Homes is almost certainly going raise your blood pleasure. Unless of course you are one of the few people who were able to exploit the situation to further enrich yourself.
99 Homes feels very authentic. Thanks to Ramin Bahrani’s steady direction and script, and the impeccable performances from the cast, especially Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon.
Each eviction scene will tie you up in knots. Your heart will ache for the confused elderly man being pulled from his home, and then burn with rage as the cold-hearted authorities dump children’s toys in the street. At times you won’t know what to think, as this film patiently explores every angle of this mainly bank fueled crisis. Simultaneously pointing fingers at the government, Wall Street and those people foolishly spending the equity in their mortgages.
99 Homes isn’t an easy film to watch, but it is an important one. It acknowledges the many elements that caused the crisis, but doesn’t shy away from allocating the majority of the blame to banks, followed closely by their bought and paid for enablers in Washington.
This is a very solid film, and absolutely worth watching. It is however, not easy to sit through, so keep that in mind before you go see it. 99 Homes is rated R for language and some brief violence.
This isn’t a movie that benefits from a theater visit, so if you’re in no rush, a screening at home on your TV, laptop, or tablet will service this film well enough.
Best Moment: << mild spoilers >>
I say best, but it really was the worst. When Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) evicts an elderly man from him home. This powerfully acted scene tore me apart.