Movie: 99 Homes (2014). Written and directed by Ramin Bahrani – and starring Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield and Laura Dern – 99 Homes captures the drama of the 2008 housing/mortgage crisis. In this telling, Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is a recently unemployed single father who struggles to get back his foreclosed home, in an ironic twist, by working for the real estate broker (Rick Carver, played by Michael Shannon) who is the source of his frustration.
99 Homes [Official Trailer]
The 99 Homes website summarizes the movie this way: In this timely thriller, charismatic and ruthless businessman, Rick Carver (Academy nominee Michael Shannon), is making a killing by repossessing homes – gaming the real estate market, Wall Street banks and the US government. When he evicts Dennis Nash (Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield), a single father trying to care for his mother (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and young son (newcomer Noah Lomax), Nash becomes so desperate to provide for his family that he goes to work for Carver – the very man who evicted him in the first place. Carver promises Nash a way to regain his home and earn security for his family, but slyly seduces him into a lifestyle of wealth and glamour. It is a deal-with-the-devil that comes with an increasingly high cost – on Carver’s orders, Nash must evict families from their homes. As Nash falls deeper into Carver’s web, he finds his situation grows more brutal and dangerous than he ever imagined.
While the dramatic conclusion may have been a tad over the top, Bahrani does a nice job of capturing homeowner’s angst, frustration and disappointments that resulted from the crisis. The movie is currently available via pay-per-view streaming services such as Amazon Instant Video.