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99 Homes

Starring Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Noah Lomax
Screenplay by Ramin Bahrani and Amir Naderi
Based on a story by Ramin Bahrani and Bahareh Azimi
Directed by Ramin Bahrani

IN SHORT: A serious, sobering and significant film. [Rated . minutes]

[[Construction worker Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) lives with his mother, Lynn (Laura Dern), and son, Connor (Noah Lomax), in the suburban house in which he grew up. At the beginning of the story, the US economy has bottomed out. Dennis hasn't worked in way too long and has missed three mortgage payments. One morning two sheriff's deputies come banging at his door, accompanied by real estate broker Rick Carver (Michael Shannon). Carver represents the bank which has called the loan. Nash and his family are given two minutes to pack up and get out.

Two minutes later, a crew enters the house and empties its contents on to the front lawn. Nash is told he has one day to get a truck or something to pack his life in to. 24 hours and one minute later, any passerby can start picking off anything he or she wants. Shell-shocked, Dennis fills his truck and takes his family to a local motel that seems to be a ground zero for other displaced and evicted persons. His first concern is getting his son back to the school where all his friends are (we assume the motel puts the family in adifferent school district). His second concern is how to get his house back.

He can't.

What Dennis can do is take any job he can get. In this case it means working for Carver and cleaning raw toilet sewage that has been left as a "farewell present" by another evicted family. It is the proverbial deal with the devil and the devil pays cash. Dennis wants to use the cash to buy back his house. Carver makes him an offer he can't refuse. Dennis gets to do the eviction notices -- and learns to carry a gun while doing so -- Carver looks to expand his real estate business. Blink and you'll miss it . . . how Dennis manages to get input into his new boss' dealings and, well, the cash that results is good.

Good enough to cost him the love of his mother and his child.

We've said too much. What we will say is the 99 Homes is a terrific piece of writing for the big screen. The film rests on the shoulders of Garfield and Shannon though we were very happy to see Laura Dern on the big screen again. Yeah, long time ago crush...


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