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99 Homes (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Fueled by powerful acting and a taut, patiently constructed narrative, 99 Homes is a modern economic parable whose righteous fury is matched by its intelligence and compassion.

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Set amidst the backdrop of the 2008 housing market catastrophe, Dennis Nash, a hard-working and honest man, can't save his family home despite his best efforts. Thrown to the streets with alarming precision by real estate shark Mike Carver, Dennis, out of work and luck, is given a unique opportunity - to join Carver's crew and put others through the harrowing ordeal done to him in order to earn back what's his. Delicately training his eye on the rigorous details, the reliably astute Ramin Bahrani imbues his characters with icy complexity to achieve his compassionate portrait of a man whose integrity has become ensnared within an all-too-relevant American crisis. With precision and care, Bahrani's provocative character study applies all the cinematic tools at his disposal to explore the ethical dilemma at the heart of man's struggle to reach higher - by whatever means necessary.
Rating:
R (for language including some sexual references, and a brief violent image)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Andrew Garfield
as Dennis Nash
Laura Dern
as Lynn Nash
Michael Shannon
as Rick Carver
Noah Lomax
as Connor Nash
Tim Guinee
as Frank Green
J.D. Evermore
as Mr. Tanner
Nicole Barré
as Nicole Carver
Wayne Pére
as Frank's Lawyer
Ann Mahoney
as Mrs. Tanner
Gus Rhodes
as Neighbor
Deneen Tyler
as Baliff
Judd Lormand
as Mr. Hester
Donna DuPlantier
as Mrs. Tidwell
Patrick Kearns
as Neighbor
Tom Buis
as Millionaire Businessman
Gretchen Koerner
as Neighbor Friend
Manu Narayan
as Khanna
Jamie Elliott
as Mansion Partier
Jonathan Vane
as Adam Bailey
Luke Sexton
as Crew Leader
Garrett Kruithof
as Court Clerk
Joni Bovill
as Mrs. Moros
Cynthia Santiago
as Mrs. Green
Jeff Pope
as Evicted Man
David Maldonado
as Detective #1
Jason Kirkpatrick
as Tenant Husband
Robert Larriviere
as Commissioner Arthur Link
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Critic Reviews for 99 Homes

All Critics (138) | Top Critics (35)

A simplistic but stirring morality play centered on the pressure point of the savings-and-loan crisis.

Full Review… | October 8, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

[Garfield] the protege is the film's first weak point: his avowed decency - he loves his simple mom and moppety son! - is a flimsy thing, and its quick collapse leaves our hero both pathetic and despicable.

Full Review… | October 8, 2015
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

"Inside Job" could almost be an alternative title for this gripping and timely drama, which makes none of the family's choices look easy.

Full Review… | October 8, 2015
Seattle Times
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A gripping dramatic thriller about the winners and losers in America's game of mortgage roulette.

Full Review… | October 8, 2015
Newsday
Top Critic

This is a film of palpable anger, a finger on the pulse of modern America crafted by a team of rare ability to awaken outrage.

Full Review… | October 8, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Bahrani's film asks a timely, yet timeless, question: How far would you go to save your home? Would you be wiling to lose yourself in the bargain?

Full Review… | October 8, 2015
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 99 Homes

½

Ramin Bahrani's 99 HOMES is one of the most gripping and painful yet honest (and underrated) films of the year - the writing is crisp and impactful and hits to the core; Garfield and Shannon immerse themselves as two opposites who find themselves working side-by-side, and it is brilliantly both a joy and unsettling to watch. The scenes that portray eviction reveal the ambivalence of humanity at both its cruelest and weakest and is downright audacious and morally challenging. This is determined filmmaking at its finest - a film that takes a real-life situation and raises the stakes higher and higher, invoking utmost empathy and likewise a heartfelt cinematic experience.

Sheldon Chau
Sheldon Chau

Super Reviewer

In arguably my favourite film of 2015, the central story of "99 Homes" follows Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield), his mother Lynn Nash (Laura Dern), and his son Conner Nash. They are evicted from their home by Rick Carver (Michael Shannon) of Carver Realty and they must move all of their belongings to a motel while they sort out their issues. Once Rick sees Dennis as more than an everyday man, he recruits him. Illegally legally doing their job, they scam the system to make more money than they should be on home foreclosures and side effects begin to ensue. This is one of the most brutally honest films I have seen in a very long time, and definitely in all of 2015. This is a very independent film that I think deserves a much broader audience. Andrew Garfield and especially Michael Shannon shine in their roles, bringing the necessary dramatic heft to the story that was needed. "99 Homes" not only shows what goes on in everyday life, but the brutality of it. I loved every single second of this film and it will definitely have me watching it multiple times. As I said before, this might be my favourite picture of 2015. Brilliantly written, extremely well-acted, and incredibly raw and true, this film is a work of brilliance in the art of film.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

3.5

Emile Tremblay
Emile Tremblay

Super Reviewer

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