99 Homes

2015 | 110 minutes | Rated R

The very first thing we see in 99 Homes is the brain-spattered wall of an Orlando bathroom where a man has committed suicide rather than be evicted from his home. The evictor, a Florida-twanged foreclosure vulture named Rick Carver (Michael Shannon), stands with his back to the body, yelling into his phone about how the messy crime scene complicates the process of preparing the house for resale. He's not wrong, but... yikes, buddy. Ramin Bahrani starts his latest, a sort of morality play, on this dark note, and it leads to a well-executed long take that follows Carver out of the house and into his car, barking orders to his clean-up crew while defending his callous attitude to police. The year is 2010, and he's a real estate agent whose whole business is grabbing up foreclosed-upon homes.

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Film Credits
Director
Ramin Bahrani
Cast
Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Tim Guinee, Noah Lomax, Clancy Brown, J.D. Evermore, Judd Lormand, Cullen Moss, John Armijo, Nicole Barré