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99 Homes Review

27 Oct

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99 Homes is a scathing thriller that kicks off with an intensity unmatched by the rest of the film. The early eviction of Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield, in a role that is thankfully not Spiderman) is brilliantly done, the frustration, embarrassment, and eventual acceptance of the situation captured perfectly by Garfield and Laura Dern; on the other side, Michael Shannon establishes himself as a force to be reckoned with right off the bat, and his character–Rick Carver–is the most fun to watch throughout. As for director Ramin Bahrani, he keeps the camera moving, doubling down on certain beats in order to hit us hard with the story. “How would you act in this situation?” he asks.

Unfortunately, this approach only works for the first third of the film, and it’s up to the actors to elevate an increasingly melodramatic, forced, and meandering script. The ending sequence in particular ruins much of the goodwill I have toward the movie, and it’s a case of Bahrani taking his thriller desires to the extreme. Overall, it’s a solid approach to an interesting topic, but the execution is botched.

GRADE: B-

Photo credit: 99 Homes, Image Nation

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3 Responses to “99 Homes Review”

  1. peggyatthemovies October 30, 2015 at 12:39 am #

    Great review.. loved the film myself..I’m such a Michael Shannon fan..he’s been my go-to guy for a few years now. I’m behind on my reviews as have been with my mom who is ill. Am catching up as i was fortunate enough to go to a screening with a Q & A with him after..I love his ‘no bullshit’ attitude towards everything.. I will hopefully have it up soon as you know I don’t write as fast as you do either!! 😀 I hope you are enjoying L.A. and oh..did you get my tweet about Fargo????

    • polarbears16 October 30, 2015 at 4:37 am #

      Oh man, I would love to see a Q&A with Michael Shannon; from what I’ve heard, he’s pretty hilarious.

      LA is great so far, especially for movies! Plus I like the food.

      Whoops sorry, didn’t catch that tweet until now. I have been watching the new Fargo season, and I’ve been enjoying it so far. Great cast for sure, and I’m interested to see how the season plays out overall. John Teti’s AV CLub reviews are definitely enriching my experience, not enough time for me to cover it weekly though. :/

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