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99 Homes (2014)

R | | Drama | 9 October 2015 (USA)
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A recently unemployed single father struggles to get back his foreclosed home by working for the real estate broker who is the source of his frustration.

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Ramin Bahrani

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Ramin Bahrani (story by), Bahareh Azimi (story by) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 12 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... Rick Carver
Douglas M. Griffin ... Officer Dudura (as Doug Griffin)
Randy Austin Randy Austin ... Sheriff Anderon
Carl Palmer ... Sheriff Carl
Andrew Garfield ... Dennis Nash
James Brown James Brown ... Elliot
Luke Sexton ... Crew Leader
Noah Lomax ... Connor Nash
Alex Aristidis Alex Aristidis ... Alex Greene (as Alex Aristidis Perdikis)
Tim Guinee ... Frank Greene
Jonathan Tabler ... Lawyer Bailey
Garrett Kruithof ... Court Clerk
Richard Holden Richard Holden ... Judge
Deneen Tyler ... Bailiff
Albert C. Bates ... Derek (as Albert Bates)
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Storyline

Around the world everyone knows that honest hard work gets you nowhere. In sunny Orlando, Florida, construction worker Dennis Nash learns this the hard way when he is evicted from his home by a charismatic, gun-toting real-estate broker, Rick Carver. Humiliated and homeless, Nash has no choice but to move his mom and nine-year old son 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. In a...

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Greed is the only game in town. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references, and a brief violent image | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

9 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

99 Casas See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,253, 27 September 2015

Gross USA:

$1,411,927

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,828,232
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first time Andrew Garfield has grown a beard for a film. See more »

Goofs

Although the film is set in 2010, a billboard can be seen for Ray Donovan, which did not premiere until 2013. See more »

Quotes

Dennis Nash: I got it back.
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Soundtracks

Buscando Un Nuevo Amor
Written by Gustavo Thompson and Danny Osuna (as Danny Richard Osuna)
Performed by Todo Cien
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Not Just a House
12 October 2015 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

I think most of America was impacted in at least some capacity by the 2008 economic crisis/crash. Obviously, the housing market was hit the hardest and really at the forefront of the situation. 99 Homes tells the story of a single father who still lives with his mother in his childhood home having to deal with an eviction and the unexpected events that follow.

99 Homes is a solid film. It has two of the best actors in the business right now with Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield. It's actually surprisingly how many people don't realize how good these two are. Both known primarily for the comic book roles respectively, but they have both down some tremendous indie work as well. The film does a good job of using both of their strengths and playing off each other to create a very intelligent screenplay. Shannon is perfect for this role, but in some ways he's also not. He's great at playing antagonistic characters but in this case its almost impossible to have any sympathy for his character. It makes for an unrealistic dynamic. The film never bored me, in fact I was engaged throughout the story, but I think at times it just became too unrealistic.

Garfield's character's arc was in particular the most unbalanced. It took a lot for me to get passed the fact that he gets hired by the same guy who evicted his home, but the actors made it intriguing enough for me to push it off to the side for awhile. But when you continue to build Garfield's character up to places that just aren't believable, it can take you out of the film. I think you could argue that the 'low' for Garfield just wasn't low enough for me to feel the heights of his 'highs'. It's one of the things Scorsese does so well is create arcs for characters that never feel hyper- realistic.

Laura Dern is also in the movie and does a fantastic job as Garfield's mother. She is the emotional weight that the film needed and brings his character back to the real world when it got too exaggerated. The film will definitely pull on your heart strings at times, especially when you see all sorts of people being ripped from their homes. I just think the structure of the story was unbalanced at times with arcs being a bit too unrealistic.

+Garfield & Shannon's dynamic

+Dern's emotional pull

+Heartbreaking story that's close to American's hearts

-Unrealistic at times

-Low wasn't low enough for Garfield

7.0/10


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