'America doesn't bail out the losers,' explains real-estate rascal

By Jeff Labrecque
Updated August 28, 2015 at 04:05 PM EDT
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The recent economic tremors on Wall Street and around the globe are reminders that things can go south in a hurry. It was less than a decade ago when the American financial system teetered on the brink after banks gambled heavily on subprime mortgages. In 99 Homes, Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon play two men caught in the maelstrom. Garfield is a blue-collar single dad evicted from his home by Shannon’s callous real-estate leech. But… there may be a way for him to turn things around; all he has to do is do the dirty work for the man who put his family on the street.

“Some people say, ‘Oh, aren’t we past this? Isn’t this a little bit dated?'” Shannon told EW after the film opened at the Toronto Film Festival last year. “And I say, ‘Uh, no. Not really.’ As a matter of fact, it’s probably the perfect time for people to sit and watch it. Just so they don’t forget what happens.”

Shannon’s businessman has discovered a way to profit from the suffering of others, and his seduction of Garfield’s compromised construction worker is the crux of the tense drama, which opens in theaters on Sept. 25. In this exclusive scene, Shannon finally lays his cards on the table and explains how America really works.

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99 Homes

  • Movie
  • R
  • 112 minutes
  • Ramin Bahrani