99 HOMES (15)
D: Ramin Bahrani
Broad Green/Hyde Park/Image Nation (Ashok Amritaj, Ramin Bahrani, Justin Nappi, Kevin Turen & Andrew Garfield)
US 2014 (released 2015)
W: Ramin Bahrani & Amir Naderi
DP: Bobby Bukowski
Ed: Ramin Bahrani
Mus: Antony Partos & Matteo Zingales
Andrew Garfield (Dennis Nash), Michael Shannon (Rick Carver), Laura Dern (Lynn Nash), Noah Lomax (Connor Nash)
99 Homes is an unpleasant viewing experience, focusing on the 2008 housing market crash and the misery of people who lost their homes as a result.
Michael Shannon plays an unscrupulous real estate broker who manipulates eviction proceedings for his own capital gain. One of his victims is recently unemployed father Andrew Garfield, who is told by a court judge that he has 30 days to appeal an eviction, only to be turfed out of his home with his mother and son the very next day.
What follows is an updated spin on Wall Street, with the real estate man taking the young protégé under his wing, so he too can profit from other people's misery. But, of course, power and greed is a corruptive force and money can't buy true happiness.
This is one of them films where the trailer is better than the actual movie, which is rife with unrealistic characters and only held together by one great performance, that of Michael Shannon.
This was one of two 2015 films which dealt with the same subject, the other being The Big Short, which received much more attention than this depressing journal of frustration, distress and desperation.