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  • Actors: Samy Naceri, Benoit Magimel, Nadia Fares, Richard Sammel, Pascal Greggory
  • Directors: Florent Emilio Siri
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2005
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009U5CAY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,986 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A notorious kingpin of the Albanian Mafia, Abedin Nexhep (Angelo Infanti) faces trial over the kidnapping of young women who were put to work selling their bodies on the streets of Western Europe. Laborie (Nadia Farès), a beautiful high-flying officer in the French Special Forces, is charged with escorting him to the court, and faces the monster with grim determination. Abedin has many dangerous enemies, and even more dangerous friends, who will risk everything to halt his capture. When the police convoy is ambushed en route to the courtroom, Laborie and her team are forced to seek refuge in a nearby warehouse, where they discover a gang of thieves in the critical stage of a big job. With Abedin's friends firing down on them from outside, the captives of the warehouse are united in the fierce fight for survival. Rivalries and the law are cast aside as they face the furious assault - will any one of them make it out alive?

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By davidatreides on 8 Feb. 2009
so yes, this film is great fun - the other reviews have given a good account of that.

What they haven't mentioned - which is worth alerting you to - is that the subtitles on this release are v.poorly done (find a different release version if you can).

Firstly they appear actually on the picture, which might be common, but when they're bright yellow and can appear well up the screen if there's a lot of dialogue, is not acceptable. Second, they have only instituted subtitles seemingly for the deaf - you are told in brackets when a door opens, or gun shot is heard etc. All-in-all a pitifully lazy and inept/uncaring subtitle implementation...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Hawfinch TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jun. 2005
A very slickly produced and directed French thriller combining elements of Rio Bravo, Night of the Living Dead, Assault on Precinct 13, and James Cameron's Aliens.
A bunch of disparate characters (security guards, petty thieves, and a unit of French Special Forces troops) find themselves holed up and under siege in a high-tech warehouse. Their attackers, who wear night-vision goggles that make them look like alien insects (the wasps of the French title "Nid de Guepes"), are members of a ruthless Albanian mafia-style militia intent on recovering their captured leader who is also inside the warehouse.
What follows is a spectacular series of action set pieces that would put many Hollywood directors to shame. Importantly, though, director Florent-Emilio Siri has not forgotten the importance of character in this kind of film. A first-rate cast which includes Samy Naceri, Nadia Fares (as a Ripley-style kickass heroine) and Pascal Greggory (a veteran actor of French film and theatre), and an intelligent, pared-down script, make this one of the most surprising and impressive French films of recent years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By West25 on 28 Aug. 2012
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Abedin Nexhep, Godfather to the Albanian mafia is due to stand trial in European court, charged with running an extensive prostitution network. He's being escorted in an armoured vehicle by the French special forces, led by special agent Laborie. Along the way the vehicle is ambushed by Nexhep's men, but they manage to escape and seek safety in a warehouse. Already in the warehouse is a gang of armed thieves led by Nasser, they've just tied up the two security guards and begun to move the merchandise as the armoured vehicle arrives. As Nexhep's men surround the warehouse and open fire, the criminals, guards and special forces are going to have to work together if they're going to make it out alive.

The Nest is a French film that's subtitled, but that doesn't deter from the very good performances that are on show. Nadia Fares is probably the standout, I was already familiar with who she was after seeing the very good horror/thriller Storm Warning. She plays the role of Laborie, she has to be tough but shows a softer more emotional side in certain scenes. If this was an American film, it's the sort of role that Michelle Rodriguez seems to constantly play. The other actor that I knew going into the film was Samy Naceri, he played the role of Nasser and wasn't as important to the film as I thought he would be. Naceri is most famous for the 4 Taxi films and the excellent Days Of Glory, he's possibly more famous for his substance abuse, violent attacks and several spells in prison. I didn't know the other actors but felt they all did well, especially Benoît Magimel as Santino, Nasser's friend and fellow thief. I won't mention all the cast, but this is actually more of an ensemble film rather than mainly concentrating on specific characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By godzilla78 VINE VOICE on 27 July 2008
I have to agree with the positive comments made by the other reviewers. Its a frantic battle for survival for a rag tag bunch of petty thieves, french special forces and a few factory workers who fall under siege from a vicious Albanian criminal and his high tech forces. It's an enjoyable romp with elements of assault on precinct 13 and it's a nice change from the similar genre hollywood churns out by the dozen.
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By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Aug. 2013
The Nest is a great little known action film. Closely following the mould of Assault on Precinct 13 this pits three factions against each other in the confines of warehouse. A gang in the middle of robbing a warehouse are rudely interrupted when an armoured vehicle seeks refuge after being ambushed by a mafia gang.

It turns out these elite cops are escorting a VIP prisoner and the mafia want him back. After a tense exchange the robbers join forces with the cops to defend the warehouse from the endless onslaught of mafia henchmen.

The action is fast and punchy. It feels gritty and real and really packs a punch. Set pieces are set up and executed swiftly. You never see the enemy full on, just glimpses of figures running from cover to cover whilst firing off the odd round. Tension builds and builds until the fight comes into the warehouse.

The story is straight forward and light. It doesn't get in the way of the action and the characterisation is minimal at best. Nobody is there to be particularly liked but it's easy to root for the good guys. Unfortunately this film has never reached the cult status it deserves. Not quite up to the nerve shredding John Carpenter classic, but a great fun film none the less.

Well worth a night in with this easy watch.
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