99 HOMES Trailer: Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon Tackle the Housing Crisis

     June 3, 2015

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Broad Green Pictures has released the first trailer for director Ramin Bahrani’s (Man Push Cart) intense dramatic thriller 99 Homes. Inspired by true events, the film stars Michael Shannon as a businessman who makes a comfortable living serving eviction notices and carrying out removals of people from their homes. Andrew Garfield is a single father who experiences Shannon’s work first hand, but is then given the opportunity to try and get his house back by working for Shannon’s character.

I caught the movie at TIFF last fall and it’s really good. Bahrani walks a fine line between timely and preachy, but Garfield and Shannon both give amazing performances (unsurprisingly), with Garfield in particular doing some heartbreakingly earnest work. It was a thrill to see the actor in his first non-Spider-Man onscreen role since The Social Network, and the guy doesn’t disappoint. Here’s hoping he’s not forgotten come Oscar time. Additionally, the film itself sheds an intimate light on some aspects of American life that are only fleetingly touched on during the evening news.

Check out the 99 Homes trailer below and Click here to read Matt’s review. The film also stars Laura Dern, Noah Lomax, Tim Guinee, J.D. Evermore, and Clancy Brown and opens in theaters on September 25th.

Here’s the synopsis for 99 Homes:

In this timely thriller, when single father Dennis Nash (Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield) is evicted from his home, his only chance to win it back is to work for Rick Carver (Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon), the ruthless businessman who evicted him in the first place. It’s a deal with the devil that may save his family home, but as Nash falls deeper into Carver’s web, he finds his situation grows more brutal and dangerous than he ever imagined.

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