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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

A fantastic action film

Author: PoppyTransfusion from United Kingdom
19 October 2011

A French action film that more than earns its place in the genre. It pays homage to American action films and the Alien quadrology with its score more reminiscent of a horror than an action film.

The plot is simple: a gang of ex-cons intend to rob a warehouse of a large stash of IT equipment. A multi-national police armed escort of a dangerous Albanian human trafficker interrupt their efforts when they are forced to divert and take refuge in the warehouse after being chased by cohorts of their prisoner, who are intent on springing him free. Trapped inside the warehouse the gang and police unite to stave off and survive the external attack from the Albanians.

The homage to the Alien films runs throughout from the opening credits where an image of white light holes, that we see later during one of the shoot outs, merge to form the title of the film as did the light in the universe at the start of 'Alien'. The Albanian thugs clearly represent the alien attackers and wear masks with red lights (that reminded me of the cybermen from Dr Who), which makes them look like aliens. There are lots of details in the film that seem to echo the Alien films, too many to list. One of my favourites is the way the Albanians call to the prisoner and he answers them from within the warehouse much as the alien soldiers call to the queen within the film 'Aliens'. There is also a dominant female lead Inspector Labourie, played by Nadia Fares, who like Ripley is maternal, courageous and ruthless in her quest to survive.

What this film brings to the action genre is intelligent imagery and a new brand of anti-hero. The film's title in French should read as 'Hornets' Nest' and not just 'The Nest'. The film begins with one of its anti-heroes, Louis, relaxing in the sunshine whilst a documentary plays on his TV. The documentary is the story of the 'Tarantula Hawk' wasp, which in French is called 'Pepsis Heros'. This wasp is described as being a parasitoid that ensnares Tarantulas as hosts for its larvae to use for food, eating the spider alive from within. Pretty gruesome stuff. The imagery is ambiguous because initially one expects the spider to win against the insect, but it falls prey. Throughout the film it is not clear who is wasp and who is spider: the ambushed/trapped people in the warehouse or the external attackers? Is the danger without: the wasp entrapping the spider (the Albanians attacking the warehouse), or from within where the wasp larvae eating their way out (the trapped turning on the attackers)? The intelligence in the imagery is that as the film progresses 'good guys' die and their success is uncertain, keeping the audience gripped to the last.

Of the handful of protagonists there are two anti-heroes: Louis, a warehouse security guard, and Santino, one of the ex-con gang who eschews guns for chewing gum and whistling. Both are thoughtful and resourceful, yet have an aura of mystery that keeps the audience unsure of them and their allegiances throughout. We see their bravery and their fears as well as their vulnerability to harm and death. Unusual in action heroes of any type.

I can't recommend this film enough and although it's great to discover a hidden gem, it deserves more accolade than its present IMDb rating gives.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Classic French Crime Flick

Author: sydneyswesternsuburbs from Australia
8 August 2011

Director and writer Florent Emilio Siri has created a gem in The Nest.

Starring Samy Naceri who has also been in another classic flick, Leon: The Professional 1994.

Also starring Benoit Magimel who was also in another classic French crime flick, Crime Insiders 2007.

Also starring Nadia Fares who was also in another classic flick, Storm Warning 2007.

I enjoyed the cinematography, set designs and the shootouts.

If you enjoyed this as much as I did then check out other classic French crime flicks, 13th District 2004, Kiss of the Dragon 2001, Point Blank 2010, Chrysalis 2007, Crime Insiders 2007, The Prey 2011, Mea culpa 2014, Sleepless Night 2011, Bastille Day 2016, Braqueurs 2015 and Ronin 1998.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Loved it!

Author: wferrero from Boston, MA
26 January 2004

Considering that my all-region DVD player was on the fritz and I missed half the subtitles, I really enjoyed this movie. The visuals were striking and the acting solid. Great modern-day "Western". Thoroughly entertaining.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

A really dramatic and terrifying action movie

Author: abisio from Miami
16 February 2003

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A really dramatic and terrifying action movie

While a small band of thieves are robbing a computer warehouse, an army of Albans mafia trying to recover their boss from the police, put the warehouse under siege with a few policemen and the thieves inside. Everybody has to fight for their lives. Whoever remembers Carpenter's Assault to Precinct 13, will find certain familiarities in the setup; but this is as far as it goes.

After the magnificent setup, where a few but perfectly staged scenes, almost without dialogue used to present the main characters, the action begins and does not stop until the movie ends. If you know little about French cinema, is very important to note that some of the best actual French actors are in this movie, so with such fine acting, you will be caring about the characters, even when you hardly know them.

Siri, the director, in order to make things more terrifying, present the enemy like a plague using night vision artifacts to cover their faces. Like insects or animals, they have no feelings, do not talk and kill everything that cross it path. In an early scene a father and his son (two innocent bystanders) are killed (the kid's murder is only suggested, but still proves the point).

The action scenes (about 60% of the movie) and the FX are on a par with any good American action flick, but in this case, the reality coefficient is a lot higher. There are no superheroes, Rambos or Diehards here; just people trying to survive (and very few of them are able to live by the end). Neither are superfluous romances (even when two of the characters are women, they are both fighters), gratuitous gore or humor (well, that could be good).

Many people will be disappointed by the abrupt end. The movie ends suddenly, but if you analyze the situation (subtle spoiler follows), outnumbered and with almost no bullets, the only other choice by the remaining survivors was to commit suicide.

As expressed before; even when very well orchestrated action sequences and explosions, this movie will hook you more on the dramatic level than in the spectacular. Probably not commercial as Hollywood films, but better done and worth seeing for sure.

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

A treat

Author: danniemcq from Galway, Ireland
12 February 2006

Seen this on TV few nights ago and was blown away by it. although comparisons with assault on Assault on Precinct 13 are inevitable (damn big words don't mix with a hungover head sorry) it doesn't take away from the slick and cool stylings of this movie. i won't go into plots or any of that (i wanna go and sleep) but if you like action, stealth and even a little parkour this is for you.

and don't worry about having to read th subtitles as even though they are there the movie isn't dialog heavy and even the bits that are subtitles are mainly short snappy points that get the message across quickly

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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful:


Author: INeedANewNickname from Norway
23 December 2003

This movie is very underrated. I wish more people would see it, because it is one of the last years best action movie. It's probably the best french action movie ever. And I mean ever. It's not a masterpiece. But it is great. Not best screenplay, but the directing is superb. It is one of the best directed action movies in a long time. The movie is shot beautiful, and it's hardly any dialog, but all the time you know what's going on, and you know what the actors feels. It's not many stars in this movie, but you will probably recognize Samy Naceri (Taxi 1-3). There are also good acting by Benoit Magimel, Nadia Fares and Pascal Greggory. The action is great. Every action scene is very good shot. The Nest loses some point on the originality. It steals a little from Assault on Precinct 13. But in the end this is a technical brilliant action movie, the americans wish they could make. And they probably will remake it. Do your self a favor and watch The Nest (Nid de guepes), before the american mass it up.

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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

Brilliant Action

Author: NIXFLIX-DOT-COM from
7 December 2003

A terrific, pure action movie. THE NEST was obviously heavily inspired by Hollywood action pictures, most notably that of Cameron's ALIENS and, according to the movie, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. The narrative is right on the money, and the film delivers on the intensity and insane action. It's really the best action movie I've seen from France in a long, long time. Not since the years of Luc Besson's glory days. And as they did with LA FEMME NIKITA, I'm sure the French movie industry, so mired in its undying pretentiousness, will not pay this excellent movie any interest. Which probably makes the director's jump to Hollywood a good thing -- the French movie industry will never embrace him. Hollywood will.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Terrific action and suspense flick! don't disregard it because it's french!

Author: ericmarseille from France
13 May 2012

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There's only one real drawback with this wonderful french film which is GUARANTEED to please internationally : it is slow to start ; so please take patience with the first twenty minutes because when action comes in, it will step up, and up, and up and UP NON STOP TO THE VERY END! And to what end! take lessons, Hollywood! For the rest, what can I say? This film is guaranteed to put you up to the edge of your seat, your heartbeat will accelerate, your tension will shoot up, rarely a film makes you participate so much.

The actors play the way we would like their Hollywood counterparts to play, the shooting is sharp, the settings and photography spot on ; everything in this film is nervous, edgy, hard-boiled yet credible.

Enjoyment and thrill guaranteed, if it weren't for the slow start i'd have rated it a 9

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:


Author: pax-et-forza
20 December 2004

Supercops and mini-bandits, united by the destiny to deal with some dangerous Mafioso, the kind of guys who seem to have no problems to kill, to obligated young girls to prostitute themselves, to make drug traffic. First the cops: Laborie, a woman, a mother, but also the chief of the mission, then Giovanni the Italian police officer, a family man, and finally Winfried the German police officer, hiding his fear behind the orders he receives. Then the young robbers: Santino, the worried one, Nasser, the charismatic leader, Selim the funny guy, Martial the acrobat, and Nadia the female-computer-specialist. All united to fight Abedin Nexhep, a criminal who the cops are missioned to take to the international tribunal of Europe, in Strasbourg. The killers who want to free Nexhep will surround their refuge. What will happen? They will all become heroes.

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Best action-film

Author: The-Wicker-Man from Estonia
29 May 2005

It is my favorite action movie ever, i just totally love it! It beats every other Hollywood crap for sure. If i'd get a chance i would definitely go the see it again in the cinemas. French really know how to make a movie. It's too bad that people watch only American movies, there were like 10 people besides me watching the movie. Music selection is great and suits perfectly. It is rather brutal and real as it gets. All action takes place very quickly and keeps the pressure on top. Actors choice is also very good - i really liked the man with the iron mask, he left a good impression on me. It's sad that it doesn't have a DVD version, only VHS. I highly recommended watching it (Y)

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