Playing off the very real US subprime mortgage crisis that hit between 2006 to 2009 that led to many people losing their homes due to foreclosure, 99 Homes is the upcoming drama starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon:
Around the world everyone knows that honest hard work gets you nowhere. In sunny Orlando, Florida, construction worker Dennis Nash [Andrew Garfield] learns this the hard way when he is evicted from his home by a charismatic, gun-toting real-estate broker, Rick Carver [Michael Shannon].
Humiliated and homeless, Nash has no choice but to move his mom [Lynn – Laura Dern] and nine-year old son [Connor – Noah Lomax] into a shabby, dangerous motel. All is lost. Until an unexpected opportunity arises for Nash to strike a deal with the devil – he begins working for Carver in a desperate attempt to get his home back.
Carver seduces Nash into a risky world of scamming and stealing from the banks and the government; he teaches Nash how the rich get richer. Living a double life, Nash hides his new boss and job from his family. He rises fast and makes real money; he dreams bigger. But there is a cost. On Carver’s orders, Nash must evict honest families from their homes – just as it happened to him. Nash’s conscience starts tearing him apart… but his son needs a home.
While I think we can all guess how this will end, sometimes it’s not the destination that matters but the journey; and Michael Shannon’s unrepentant scenery-chewing as the conniving
Nick Rick Carver looks worth the price of admission to me. Subtle surname by the way, very subtle.
99 Homes, written and directed by Ramin Bahrani, is set for release in the US on 25 September.
Last Updated: June 4, 2015