99 Homes

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99 Homes is a tale of hope, greed and the human cost of the global financial crash Discuss this article

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Andrew Garfield flaunts his indie credentials in his first role since he hung up the Spider-suit. He’s picked a winner with this white-hot angry repossession drama set in recession-hit Florida in 2010. As Spidey, Garfield’s acting super-power was being a normal kid, and here he’s totally convincing as Dennis Nash, a young single dad and out-of-work builder whose home is repossessed after falling behind on his mortgage repayments.

The film opens with the repossession of another house by greedy scumbag property tycoon Rick Carver, played by the terrifying Michael Shannon. In the game of life, Carver is a winner. He’s made a killing buying and flipping repossessed homes from these snivelling losers.

Over and over, director and co-writer Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart) shoots these repossessions as grippingly as a bank heist or a murder. For these people, just as much is at stake. After repossessing Nash’s house, Carver gives him a job. He likes the kid; he’s a good worker. It’s also a vanity thing – it inflates his ego to make Nash his protégé.

Nash knows he shouldn’t be working for Carver: that’s why he can’t bring himself to tell his mum or son about his new job. And Bahrani spins this moral dilemma on a riveting axis.

The bottom line A tale of hope, greed and the human cost of the global financial crash.

By Cath Clarke
Time Out Doha,

99 Homes

  • Duration: 112
  • Released: Thu, 24 Sep
  • Classification: 15+
  • Language: English
  • Director: Ramin Bahrani
  • Stars: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern

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