99 Homes

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Review by Steve Duffy –

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It’s that knock on the door that many homeowners dreaded during the mortgage crisis in 2007, when many hardworking Americans were evicted due to falling behind on their mortgage payments.

Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield), a single father who shares his childhood home in Orlando, Florida with his mother (Laura Dern) and son receive a knock on the door that they were hoping to stop – eviction day! The scene is both gut wrenching and emotionally draining.

“This is our home!” Dennis Nash cries from his doorway as the police and a soulless real-estate broker Rick Carver (Michael Shannon), come to forcefully remove him and his family from their home.

After moving into a motel with his family, Dennis will do anything to get his home back. After several dead-end job leads, he ends up working for Rick Carver and partaking in his corrupt business practices.

Garfield’s performance is excellent and convincing. Shannon’s performance is masterfully acted.

In one scene, Ray tells Dennis, “Don’t get emotional about real estate.” This is an impossible statement for any filmgoers who watches this film. There is no way to abandon your emotions while watching the victims.

99 Homes may be a drama about foreclosure, but its impact will definitely leave its mark on you long after you leave the theatre. It is more entertaining to watch than you may think.

R for language including some sexual references, and a brief violent image

Runtime: 1 hr. 52 min.


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