The Nest (2002)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Action Thriller  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - France   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Jeremy Wheeler

Updating the premise of Assault on Precinct 13 for the modern era, Nid de Guepes is a slam-bang treat of an actioner that won't disappoint. Brilliantly staged by director Florent E. Siri, the action pulls no punches, nor does the plausible scenario it's framed around. The story finds its footing early, as the film's leads unexpectedly come together and form the group who will inevitably be terrorized by the pulse-pounding siege, which most of them won't survive. The movie surges with unexpected tension, as the tale unfolds blindly before your eyes, making each of the group's decisions or inevitable fatalities that much more striking. In keeping with Carpenter's classic, the outside forces remain unseen (through the use of shadows and clever costuming), which keeps the claustrophobic internal dramatics inside the blockaded warehouse that much more focused. With a sharply contrasting motley crew of characters, a truly sadistic villain (who's seething performance is a knock-out), and a tough-as-nails lead female character who not once comes off as a forced stereotype, Nid de Guepes throws caution to the wind and actually pulls off an engaging action film featuring an ensemble cast that can do no wrong. Action fans would be hard-pressed to find a better example of stripped-down, high-tension filmmaking than this gem from France.