'99 Homes' concerns Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) a multi-skilled construction worker who thanks to the economic collapse has found himself all but unemployed. Enter the villainous Rick Carver (Michael Shannon) who from his first appearance we see is an amoral opportunist whose every action if not illegal is certainly treading a very fine line. Carver is a real-estate broker and he’s here to evict Nash on behalf of the bank who have taken possession of his home after several missed payments, again the morality of which seems a little questionable.
And I don’t make that comparison to Wolf lightly, '99 Homes' really is gripping. It’s not a perfect movie, Nash dancing around the moral dilemma that is his new life drags on long enough for you to wish you could reach into the screen and slap some sense into him, and stylistically it doesn’t have the pop that something like Wolf or 'Nightcrawler' (another good comparison) does.
In fact those two comparisons are probably how I’d describe the film, it reaches for, though doesn’t quite achieve, either the pure entertainment factor of 'The Wolf of Wall Street' or the gut wrenching dark tension of 'Nightcrawler' but blends the two extremely well.
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