“99 Homes” operates sort of a adventure story (from its gorgeous gap one-take sequence), with elements of melodrama to heighten the stakes. (Some of the melodramatic elements don’t work as well as the rest, relying, as they do, on coincidence, racing against the clock, etc; the reality is horrifying enough.) Held together with Antony Partos and Matteo Zingales’ portentous original score, thrumming underneath almost every scene, “99 Homes” represents a shift for Bahrani.
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Writers: Ramin Bahrani , Ramin Bahrani
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern
His other features have been small dramas, filmed accordingly: lots of hand-held camera work and a naturalistic approach. “99 Homes” has a strong look, a bold mood, with attention-getting shots like that opener, as well as a couple of aerial shots showing homes stretched out below. From that vantage point, homes look generic. To those on the ground, of course, it’s a very different story.
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Andrew Garfield, as a man who has “failed” in his duty as protector and provider, has an almost constant sense of panic throughout, catching his breath in his throat, his posture tight and alert. Tears threaten to overwhelm him, but Dennis does not have time for self-pity. Nobody does. His one goal is to get his house back, the crack of permanent instability gap to a lower place him and his family. Bahrani keeps that heat turned up within the machinations of the plot, as Carver seduces Dennis with offers of wealth (meaning, in Carver’s world, self-respect). “America does not bail out losers,” Carver tells author. “America bails out winners.”
Michael Claude Shannon is each unmerciful and surprisingly tender in his apparently irredeemable character. Carver explains his background to Dennis, his humble roots, his craftsman father, his jobs in construction. Up till the crash, his job was swing folks into homes. it isn’t his fault that his job has currently become throwing folks out. Any exhausting economic time can produce a person like Rick Carver, determined to create more cash off the slump than the boom.