Flash Movie Review: 99 Homes

There are hardships that affect us on an emotional and internal level. An attack on the heart can feel as if we are experiencing it in a physical way; but once that initial punch subsides over time, the shattered pieces of one’s heart and soul remain below the surface for the most part. To the average person, the one in mourning could pass by undetected. Now there are some misfortunes that cause pain in a predominately physical way. Sure there is the emotional aspect but the physical trauma is irreversible. The loss of something related to one’s physical being such as eyesight or a limb is something that can alter a person’s life forever. Another life changer would be the change of status for one’s home. An apartment fire that throws tenants out into the cold, forced to take residence up in a shelter or if lucky a place to stay with a family member or friend, could have a long term effect on an individual. I have a friend who lost their house due to the financial crash a few years back. It was devastating for them; the house they lived in for years with the tree in back that started out as a small sapling was now gone. I drove by the place some time later only to see it looking crippled and old as a hungry wild lawn was in the middle of devouring it. It was so sad to see and I know this house was only one of millions that are in the same situation, with former inhabitants that are suffering in pain.    The worst day of Dennis Nash’s, played by Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, The Social Network), life was the day he and his family were evicted from their home by real estate broker Rick Carver, played by Michael Shannon (Take Shelter, The Iceman). That was before he accepted a job from the greedy realtor. This dramatic film festival winner was powered by two important elements: incredible acting by the cast that also included Laura Dern (Wild, The Fault in Our Stars) as Lynn Nash and Noah Lomax (Safe Haven, Playing for Keeps) as Connor Nash, along with a straightforward honest script. This story was utterly believable where I started feeling for the characters’ plight early on. I have been a fan of Michael Shannon for some years and this role was another stellar performance by him. He really has a presence that dominates on the big screen. If I have to look for any negative aspects to this film it would be a few scenes that were a bit slow. Honestly though they were no big deal compared to the positive things that were going on. I think everyone except maybe the top 5% could relate to what was taking place in this movie.

 

3 1/3 stars

 

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 13, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Oh my gosh, just the review is like living our life all over. We lost our house we built with our own hands in the crash and raised our daughter in for 12 years. We got foreclosed on and had to rent for three years. We were able to buy a fixer-upper last year after we were eligible again, and have now made our new home after a drastic remodel. This stuff is real. The banks wouldn’t work with us, nobody would work with us to let us keep the house. In the end we got a paltry $300 check for the pain the illegal (fraud) bank practices cost us during that time. We were in the worst hit areas in the downfall. But we are on the recovery now! Sorry for the long post, but we had some awful years going through all this. I know the movie is not about that but I had to post about our experience. It’s real.

    • OMG, what a time of turmoil for you and the family. I am so happy you are on the mend; the banks were really acting like ____ . I had my own issues with them during that time. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us and again the best of luck to you with the new place.

      • Thank you so much. It was an awful experience but we are happy building our new life. Our teenage daughter thought it was the end of the world when we had to rent for three years, and hated the fixer upper at first when we bought it, but it’s all come out pretty nice in the end. She likes the house now quite a lot, actually.

      • That is so good to hear. I am guessing the experience has given your daughter a new standard of values and appreciation. The best of luck to all of you with this chapter of your lives.

  2. My favorite Shannon film so far has been, Shotgun Stories.

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