Tuesday, 24 November 2015

99 HOMES

A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker who's the source of his frustration. —IMDB

99 HOMES started off very intensely, lagged in the middle, then ended with an edge-of-the-seat moment. The story is very contemporary, based on the experiences of many people in America during the global financial crisis, who lost their homes. The father in the movie, played by Andrew Garfield, faces increasingly complex moral dilemmas as he engages in many of the behaviours that were used to evict him from his own house. The acting is very good from all cast with Michael Shannon, the real estate agent who evicts the father and his family, putting in an intensely good performance. In fact, the acting is the best aspect of the movie with the two main protagonists going head-to-head for the whole film. The tension in the story is a situational tension rather than special effects, eerie music, or any of the other techniques used to manipulate our emotions. 99 HOMES is straightforward storytelling with a great script. It’s disappointing the middle is so repetitive and drawn out — it requires some patience — But the climax is definitely worth the wait. 99 HOMES is a movie with substance and takes a compassionate look at the incredible suffering people undergo as a result of the greed of others.


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