Director: Ramin Bahrani. Cast: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern. 112 min. Rated R. Drama.
Critics may consider this a change of pace for the independent Bahrani, due to the use of big name Hollywood stars. But the themes are same: watching American life through the ethical (almost pitiful) point-of-view of a director with an Iranian upbringing. That description may sound like the film is preachy, but it's not - it shows the reality of the level of filth a prominent portion of the American housing market has stooped down to. This movie is tense and hurting, because it may be about you (as victim or aggressor). Best Supporting Actor Oscar possibilities for Michael Shannon here.