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The Nest

2 Ratings: 4.0
French Action-Thriller

Opened March 6, 2002 | Runtime:1 hr. 47 min. NR It's July 14th, and people are enjoying the national holiday. A group prepare what is later shown to be a warehouse robbery. Meanwhile, Laborie, a special agent in the French special forces, … see full wiki

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French Action-Thriller Exudes Suspense and Gritty Attitude!

  • Jul 4, 2010
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+4
I’ve developed an admiration for French filmmaking. I have to say when it comes to horror, they tend to push the envelope way past the trappings of Hollywood horror and they match Japanese cinema’s expression of raw existential themes when it comes to thrillers. Well, “The Nest” (Nid de Gruepes) is a 2002 French film directed by Florent Emilio Siri and is a film that relies on a simple plot but delivers suspense in a way it unfolds the sequences. The French title of the film translates into “Wasp’s Nest”.

July 14th is seen as a National Holiday. A band of common outlaws led by Nasser (Samy Naceri) and Santi (Benoit Magimel) are planning a warehouse robbery. Meanwhile, a special police transport team led by Laborie (Nadia Fares) is preparing to move an Albanian prisoner to face his charges in court. This prisoner called Abedin Nexhepi (Angelo Infanti) is the head of a prostitution network and is charged with many crimes including torture and rape. Ambushed by Nexhepi‘s private army, the transport team is forced to retreat to the very warehouse being robbed by Nasser’s team. Now to survive, the cops and the robbers must band together long enough for help to arrive; but can they co-exist in an enclosed space where panic and fear may reign supreme?

“The Nest” is a film with a simple premise. Cops and Robbers banding together against a common enemy has been done many times before. John Carpenter’s cult classic “Assault on Precinct 13” was a gritty epic that engage its viewer with suspense and attitude. This French film is no different. It relies on the drama of different personalities in an enclosed space (this time a warehouse) to provide thrills and excitement. The direction was clever enough to be successful, despite the fact that the film’s set up was rather routine.

              

I guess what made the film succeed is that the characters felt real human. They were people with lives outside of being a robber or a cop. They have family and they are family; they all just go about their business to do their job. They were all brought together by fate to face this assault. Fear, panic and lapse in judgment play an important part in its generation of suspense and our characters are faced with these emotions. What I also liked about the film is that it develops its characters through interaction and dialogue, you get to know them while they react. Laborie is a strong woman and she is determined to lead her team through the night. Nasser and Santi are common goons who are quite close--like brothers. A watchman (played by Pascal Gregory) is a man who has a shady background as he was a fireman before he became a rent-a-cop. The characters are interesting and the script maintains its mystery, these are men who doesn’t know each other but fate chose to cram them into this situation.

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There is a lot of action to be had with “The Nest”. The film occurs during nighttime so the shots are kept simple and gritty. There is a good show of blood and violence, as the small army assaults the warehouse; the action is kept realistic and straight-forward. The film was successful in generating suspense, as we get to wonder if our protagonist will get to survive the night. The small army remains a mystery as they are kept to the shadows; it was a wise move to have the film seen through the eyes of the cops and the robbers, this quality was vital in keeping the viewer guessing as to what would come next. This is a film that intends to trap its viewer along with its protagonist to generate a helpless, claustrophobic feel. Quite a great approach that relies on simplicity.

“The Nest” is a focused no-nonsense motion picture. It is a film that allows its characters and action scenes to take hold of the viewer. It may not have major intricacies to its plot, and this is actually its main strength. The film also boasts of excellent performances and the atmosphere is just right for this type of film. It is a film about one night, two groups of people and two watchmen who are forced to co-exist to survive…through the use of gunplay. I guess survival is indeed man’s best instincts.

Highly Recommended! [4 Out of 5 Stars]

French Action-Thriller Exudes Suspense and Gritty Attitude! French Action-Thriller Exudes Suspense and Gritty Attitude!

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July 14, 2010
I'm with The Count, HIGH TENSION was a major disappointment because it telegraphed it's ending from the very beginning and I really hate that. I'm not much for the genre that this film belongs to, but I might give it a shot since it wouldn't hurt to broaden my horizens once it a while.
 
July 06, 2010
Excellent review WP, never heard of this.
 
July 04, 2010
See, now that's more like it! I really don't care about fireworks and barbecues on the 4th of July. I say we should celebrate multiple cultures and acknowledge that America wasn't founded upon the belief of being American, but of being free and equal with all people.
Anyway, I digress.
This looks good. Most of my experience with French horror is limited to the anti-war parable films of the '40s, and a few modern flicks that were disappointing (Haute Tension springs immediately to mind). But I love French suspense films in particular, which have been a staple of the French cinema since the '50s, and this sounds really interesting. Out of curiosity, I have to ask how the film's music was. Sometimes I find the scores in French films to be distracting from the emotions of the characters.
July 04, 2010
Thanks, man. I knew you'll see the relevance of a French movie today. I actually bought quite a few French movies so I'll be expanding soon. The music in the film is almost none-existent (should have added that) since it keeps to a minimalist approach to exude realism. I liked it myself...
July 04, 2010
Good, because I can't stand those over-the-top music scores in films in French films that rely on either synthesizers or accordions. I love French films, and not just because I love women with French accents (though that is a big part of it). but in general French films tend to acknowledge aspects of life that tend to be overlooked in American films and in films from elsewhere in Europe.
July 04, 2010
Speaking of which, are you still planning on reviewing "Swimming Pool"?
July 05, 2010
It's on my list and the dvd has been placed atop my pile to rewatch.
July 06, 2010
Sweet!
 
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