Florida’s lower middle classes have been hit hard by the economic downturn of the 2010’s, and Andrew Garfield like many others is about to be evicted from his home due to an outstanding loan from the bank. However through an odd turn of events Garfield will end up working for the very man who evicted him in the first place: Michael Shannon. Is it right to earn money whatever the cost, how far would you go to re-house your family?
99 Homes has been described as an economic thriller, but don’t let that title put you off. It’s genuinely gripping throughout and also informative. The subject of how certain parts of America were hit by the economic downturn isn’t something I knew very much about going into this, but it’s a very interesting and occasionally quite shocking tale. Watching someone be given two minutes to pack all of their belongings and just leave their house is one of the hardest things I’ve had to watch this year.
Essentially though, this film is made by two exceptional performances from Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon. With Garfield playing the tormented soul desperately trying to cobble together the means to re-house his family, and Shannon playing the eviction business owner who has done better during the downturn than before it. The two play off each other beautifully and I think it’s brilliant that Shannon has achieved some recognition at the Golden Globes.
Overall, 99 Homes is a constantly gripping and interesting piece of work about a subject matter most have heard of but very few know about. I highly recommend it.