The eviction scenes were some of the hardest things I've had to watch. Garfield has matured into an outstanding actor. Shannon's role fits him perfectly with that badass look of his.
99 Homes shows greediness, what we do in times of despair to save the ones we love and how it turns against us.
Shannon again proves he's one of the most unique actors currently working in America. This is a dark and uncomforatable story set at the intersection of desperation and greed within the pulsing heart of capitalism. Bahrani pulls no punches in his unflinching portrayal of the rapidly expanding inequality in modern America. 4 stars.
“America was built by bailing out winners”. Like The Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short, Ramin Bahrani's film perfectly captures the true nature of Neoliberal America and the corrosive, exploitative nature of Late Capitalism. The Dream is drowning in sewage.
Here's what happens with the triumph of television naturalistic (re)presentation: the accumulation of cliches ranging from heavy breaths to hands nervously stroking face and hair, apart from a rather significant grimaces collection, in addition to a camera that pretend to be nervous and that only displays confusion - Andrew Garfield, actor and Bahrani, director, are the common denominator of those lowest expressions.
A powerhouse film on all cylinders; an electrifying and brutally honest film about the "got mine, fuck you" attitude America was founded upon and still abides by to this day. Andrew Garfield gives a heartbreaking performance and Michael Shannon better take the salary he earned for this film, buy mops, and clean house like a janitor at the Oscars next year. Favorite film of the year.
A bit heavy on the jargon, and the close attention required to grasp the financial scheme enabling Rick Carver Realty works against it. But the compassion for the evictees and their reality of getting tossed out onto the street was, in practically every scene, an effective contrast to the impersonal, legally-backed greed allowed to take place. Good stuff, and probably better a second time 'round.
There's some great filmmaking in here, at least at times. Mostly in the crafting of tense, frustrating, overwhelming scenes where the hopeful, desperate expressions of the about-to-be-evicted melt away into pained scowls. There were some great performances going on but, ultimately, as a whole the film isn't great. Evil people are over-the-top evil, and so nothing gets resolved (or even truly commented on). Who cares?