Director-co-writer Florent Siri's actiont thriller brings together three heavily armed groups with very different agendas at an isolated warehouse: A gang of workaday thieves, an elite cadre of cops escorting a notorious Albanian mobster to Strasbourg to stand trial at the European Court and the kamikaze mob flunkies determined to free their boss.
It's Bastille day, and three very different crews are getting ready for three very different missions. Professional thieves Nasser (Samy Naceri) and Santino (Benoit Magimel) -- immigrants who've spent their lives feeling the sting of French racism -- just want to boost some laptops; their crew consists of tomboy Nadia (Anisia Uzeyman), Selim (Sami Bouajila) and Martial (Martial Odone). No-nonsense agent Helene Laborie (Nadia Fares) is heading up a special forces detail of elite French, German and Italian police officers charged with making certain that crime lord Abedin Nexhep (Angelo Infanti), whose empire is built on the brutal sex trafficking of young girls, stands trial. And Nexhep's loyal henchmen are preparing to ambush the armored car transporting their leaderand free him before it gets anywhere near Strasbourg. Nexhep's men attack the armored truck on the road, but Laborie's crew gets it to what they imagine is the relative safety of an isolated warehouse -- the same warehouse Nasser's gang is in the middle of robbing. Cops, robbers and night watchman Louis (Pascal Greggory), a former firefighter, must work together if they're to stand any chance of fighting off Naxhep's remorseless minions, who mount assault after assault on the warehouse.
It's a shame that Siri's US debut directing was the formulaic Bruce Willis vehicle HOSTAGE (2005) rather than the remake of ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (also 2005), what with THE NEST being an unabashed, pedal-to-the-metal reworking of John Carpenter's gritty siege thriller. Though THE NEST eventually bogs down in ever-escalating firefights, for most of its running time it's a lean, intense, white-knuckle thriller distinguished by above average performances.
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- Released: 2002
- Rating: R
- Review: Director-co-writer Florent Siri's actiont thriller brings together three heavily armed groups with very different agendas at an isolated warehouse: A gang of workaday thieves, an elite cadre of cops escorting a notorious Albanian mobster to Strasbourg to s… (more)