BluRay Review: 99 Homes
99 Homes opens with a blood splatter on the bathroom wall. It’s not the start you expect in a film about the housing crisis in America, but as the camera slowly pulls back you see that a man has committed suicide. Soon the entire picture is revealed as we catch our first glimpse of Michael Shannon’s Rick Carver, an apparently emotionless realter overseeing this forclosure that treats the mans suicide as nothing more than a major pain in the arse getting in his way of a clean eviction and quick turnover.
It’s all about the money for Carver, the money to insulate him against the nasty nasty world out there. Or maybe the money is just a drug, or just a means to and end. But Carver has his plans, and he won’t let emotion get in the way.
Soon we meet Andrew Garfield’s Dennis Nash, he’s just been let go from a construction job. The new houses that he’s been working on are no longer viable. He’s not getting paid, and the bank is soon going to require it’s pound of flesh.
Nash has to go to court to try and argue for his house, but the system is stacked against him with such ferocity that it’s only a formality. If the bank wants the house, the bank gets the house.
When Carver and Nash meet, it’s not a pretty sight. You can easily tell that Nash thinks Carver is the devil incarnate, which a little while after the harrowing scenes of forced eviction, the twist that sees Nash working for Carver is that much more unsettling.
But once Nash gets a taste of how lucrative the system is to those on the winning side, he jumps right in and starts to become the very person he hates.
99 Homes is a powerful drama, lead by the equally powerful Michael Shannon who would make any Bond villain seen pale in comparison whilst looking like the good guy. But it’s the system that’s under the spotlight, even if Shannon’s Carver is the lightening rod that sets the whole thing off. And when you pour on the realization that 99 Homes may be a fictional tale, it’s based on the horrific truth, that’s when the film hit’s you on a whole new emotional level.
Rating: M Violence, sexual references & offensive language.