The Nest (2002 film)
Promotional poster for The Nest
|Directed by||Florent Emilio Siri|
|Produced by||Claude Carrère
|Written by||Florent Emilio Siri
|Music by||Alexandre Desplat|
|Cinematography||Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci|
|Edited by||Christophe Danilo
|Distributed by||Lions Gate Entertainment|
The Nest (2002), also known as Nid de guêpes, is a French action/thriller movie, co-written and directed by Florent Emilio Siri. The literal translation of the French title is Wasp's Nest. The film is quasi-remake of the 1976 film, Assault on Precinct 13, which in turn was inspired by 1959's Rio Bravo.
It's July 14, and people are enjoying the national holiday. A group prepare what is later shown to be a warehouse robbery. Meanwhile, Laborie, a special agent in the French special forces, and an international team are escorting the leader of the Albanian mafia, Abedin Nexhepi. He is due to appear in a European court, charged with running an extensive prostitution network. Despite a considerable security presence, Nexhep's henchmen still try to intercept the armed escort. They set up an ambush, but the escort manages to escape.
After a chase, the armed escort take refuge in a warehouse inside a massive industrial park. Upon arriving, they discover that the building is in the process of being robbed by a group of people after some computer equipment. While facing off against the would-be thieves, Nexhep's men surround the warehouse.
The three groups are then involved in a long firefight, and everyone involved struggles to survive. Who exactly lives or dies is unclear right until the very end of the film.
Nid de Guêpes combines a director's love of the Western, especially the old films such as the original Fort Apache, with modern European fears about transnational crime and the modern cinema trope of the girl hero or female action hero.
The cinematography of the movie was highly influential in subsequent American cinema releases especially the most recent remake of Assault on Precinct 13. The film closely follows John Carpenter's original Assault on Precinct 13 even down to a similar last stand and a variant of the infamous "ice cream cone" scene.
- Samy Naceri as Nasser
- Benoît Magimel as Santino
- Nadia Farès as Laborie
- Pascal Greggory as Louis
- Sami Bouajila as Selim
- Anisia Uzeyman as Nadia
- Richard Sammel as Winfried
- Valerio Mastandrea as Giovanni
- Martial Odone as Martial
- Martin Amic as Spitz
- Alexandre Hamidi as Tony
- Angelo Infanti as Abedin Nexhep