Mi casa es su casa
Classic Elsternwick - Sunday 29 November 2015, 2:15pm
Running time: 112m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Coarse language and mature themes)
Release date: 20/11/15
Cost: $15 (Classic membership)
Rating: 8.5/10 (ME 4.5/5, DP 4/5)
Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is a single father struggling to keep the roof over the heads of his son Connor (Noah Lomax) and mother Lynn (Laura Dern). When they become evicted from their house thanks to real estate magnate Rick Carver (Michael Shannon) the Nash find themselves in dire straights, moving to a motel with other evictees with little hope of getting out of their predicament. But drastic times call for drastic measures, and when Dennis begins to work for Carver, the hopelessness of the situation begins to change, but will the cost become too high to pay?
99 Homes is an intense drama which explores the morality of the US home lending practices, government support and the loopholes available for those unscrupulous enough to exploit them. It's a film that uses broad brush strokes to establish villains and victims before carefully moving the empathy of the viewer. The performances are brilliant, aided by a careful script and deliberate direction. Michael Shannon's Carver is a caricature of 'greed is good' America but is the necessary device for Andrew Garfield's emotional and determined performance; a performance that could possibly be the best by any actor on screen this year. Laura Dern once again provides a solid supporting performance, this time as the voice of reason as Dennis faces the moral dilemma of balancing the needs of his family and the needs of others.
Corrupt greed is the mechanism for a story about the flaws of the human condition. This is a film that can generate some strong physical reactions as vulnerabilities are exploited. 99 Homes is not an easy film to watch and there a moments that are intense and uncomfortable. However it is an important story with great performances that is worthy of more attention than it seems to be getting. Recommended. (ME)
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