Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is a single dad and struggling contractor trying to make a life for his son, Connor, and mom, Lynn (Laura Dern), in a bad economy. Disaster arrives in the guise of Rick Carver, an unscrupulous real estate broker tasked with evicting the Nash family from their home. Desperate to get his house back, Dennis must make a deal with the devil and takes a job with Carver to evict the owners of “99 Homes.”
Set in 2010, in the wake of the financial collapse two years earlier, the story, by director Ramin Bahrani, focuses on Nash’s plight in providing for his tiny family. His frustrations are many – no job, no money, no prospects, no home – and it is with desperation that he takes a job with Carver. The crooked realtor sees that Dennis is smart and resourceful and gives him more responsibility in his scams – and money. Nash, though, hides his new found cash and from whom it came from his mother and son.
Bahrani delves into the economic crisis of the time with the banks, the cause of the financial meltdown, taking back the properties that they once financed. It is a film of the haves and the have nots where middle class America is a fast disappearing concept. We see this through Dennis’s eyes as he gets to be on both sides of the fence and see the truth. “99 Homes” is a story of one man’s redemption as he slowly loses his integrity and is forced to face that fact and gain it back. I give it a B.
Laura also gives "99 Homes" a B.
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