måndag 8 februari 2010

The Nest aka Nid de guêpes (2002)

Here is another piece of solid entertainment for lovers of thrillers. The story is a bit similar to Assault on Precinct 13, but has that certain french mentality which keeps it slightly above its peers and stands entirely on its own merits. This is my kind of friday night entertainment, unless its full of rubbermonsters of course.

An albanian mobboss has been captured by the German police and is being transported to France to stand trial. On route to prison from the airport the convoy is attacked and the survivors are forced to take refuge in a large warehouse in the middle of nowhere. In the meantime, a group of robbers are just about to have the worst day in their lives, as they try to steal two containers full of laptops, only to be caught in the struggle between the special forces policemen and the mobs hitmen. Yes, lots of bullets will be fired tonight.

The only thing that is remotely negative with this movie is that the characters arent especially developed. You dont really get to know them at all, other than the fact than a couple of the policemen have children and that the robbers come from poor backgrounds. And thats it. Fortunately they are all played by good actors and for once you actually believe that the police officers are special forces, behaving like you think special forces would behave in a situation like this. The script is nothing new, but plays out well from start and maintains a good tension throughout. Florent Emilio Siri, whose next directing gig was the intromovie for the cideogame Splinter Cell, knows how to keep everything running smoothly and there is never a dull moment, even in the buildup before the shooting stars. Ok, so the scene where the robbers do their own karaoke version of an Ennio Morricone piece is a bit... hokey.. but hey, who cares? Stick with it and you will be rewarded with lots of glorious violence. A good actionthriller without all the hollywood cliches, very well recommended.

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