“99 Homes” Review

99-homes99 Homes is written and directed by Ramin Bahrani and stars Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon. The movie is about a father (Garfield) who is evicted from his house, and the struggles he faces trying to get the house back, eventually even working for the man who evicted him in the first place (Shannon).

This was a movie that I felt had an incredibly timely premise, and its captivating trailer got me very excited for the film. What stood out the most to me were the magnificent performances from both Garfield and Shannon.

Garfield in the lead is heartfelt, clearly only wants what is best for the family, and is easy to sympathize with while never going over the edge on cheese.

However, Michael Shannon stole the show in every scene he was in by having the right blend of intelligence and craziness, something that Shannon does every well in all of his performances.

Garfield and Shannon are both at the peak of their powers, and they could have carried the movie on their own. However, they did not, because this story by writer-director Ramin Bahrani, is haunting. With the economy the way it is today, evictions are more and more common, and this movie paints the hardships of them beautifully. The movie feels all too real, which allowed me to feel sympathy for every single family that is shown in this film.

The movie doesn’t just make evictors look like the bad guys, though, with Shannon having an incredible speech on this whole idea. It was easy to buy Shannon as an eviction expert, but it did feel that Garfield caught on to the tricks a bit too fast. It didn’t affect the movie much, but a construction man turned house evictor should have been a longer process.

There are some real powerful punches that this movie has that hit me on numerous emotional levels, and those often come from Garfield. He is such a relatable character that I felt for every hardship he had to go through in this movie. I didn’t love the end, I understood what it was going for and it somewhat worked, but I thought that it could have been drawn out a bit longer, and explained further.
Overall, 99 Homes is one of the most real films I have seen all year. Garfield and Shannon are terrific, the direction by Bahrani is superb, and he paints an accurate picture of modern home owning that will stick in my mind for a long time.

Overall, 99 Homes is one of the most real films I have seen all year. Garfield and Shannon are terrific, the direction by Bahrani is superb, and he paints an accurate picture of modern home owning that will stick in my mind for a long time.

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