At the 99 Homes press day I asked cast members Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern to play “Save or Kill”. If you haven’t seen it yet, the game reveals which franchises, characters or bands someone would choose when pitted against another of equal value. Han Solo or Indiana Jones – if you were told you could only save one and the other would be erased from existence forever, who would you pick? While 99 Homes is a serious film, I’ve never seen Michael Shannon laugh during an interview so I decided to play the game to make it happen. Thankfully it worked.
While most people look at the leaves changing color as a sign of cooler weather on the horizon, to me it always represents fantastic movies. While moviegoing is a year-round thing, Hollywood generally aims their award caliber films for release in the fall, with the hope of landing those coveted Oscars.
Which brings me to Ramin Bahrani‘s heart-wrenching look at the foreclosure crisis, 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.
Besides the amazing performances by both Shannon and Garfield, what’s exceptional about 99 Homes is the way Bahrani lets the scenes play out by refusing to embellish them. At times you feel like you’re in the middle of a documentary because Bahrani likes to use real people, and that authenticity works flawlessly in the film. Trust me, you want to see this movie. It’s one of my favorites of 2015. 99 Homes also stars Laura Dern, Noah Lomax, Tim Guinee, J.D. Evermore, and Clancy Brown.
Here are some previous editions of “Save or Kill”:
- Jack Black and James Marsden
- Damon Lindelof
- Joss Whedon and the Avengers: Age of Ultron Cast
- Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen
- Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans
- Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt
- Hailee Steinfeld and Sophie Turner
- Josh Gad
- Kit Harington
- Kyle Newman
- Max Landis
- Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart and Paul Feig
- Nicolas Winding Refn
- Bill Hader
- The cast of The Overnight (Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Judith Godrèche, and Jason Schwartzman)
- Joe Manganiello
- The cast of Terminator Genisys (Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke), director Alan Taylor and Skydance’s David Ellison and Dana Golberg
- Guillermo del Toro
- The Ant-Man cast and director Peyton Reed
- Southpaw cast Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams and Miguel Gomez
- Hitman: Agent 47 Cast Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware and Zachary Quinto
- Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials cast
- Tom Hiddleston
- Elisabeth Moss