THEATRICAL REVIEW: The Nest works its way in deep and doesn’t let go

All I needed to see was Jude Law’s name on the poster to be excited for The Nest. Expecting a twisty thriller, I went in with high hopes.

I didn’t get what I wanted, but this high-tension, atmospheric drama is so much better than the movie I thought I’d originally get.

The films starts off innocuous enough — Law’s Rory comes to his wife Allison excited, talking about new opportunities and a fresh start. Her tepid response shows us she’s heard this before, but she seems more annoyed than angry.

And so it goes: The two pack up their life and move into a beautiful, discounted English manor in London as entrepreneur Rory chases riches and a lavish life for himself, his wife, and their children.

But there’s a downside to blind ambition, and writer-director Sean Durkin fearlessly takes us into the despair Rory causes his family when he loses sight of what’s really important.

Jude Law is magnificent here, in his best performance since The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Carrie Coon confronts and matches him shot-for-shot. It’s a wonder to watch these two work.

The Nest isn’t what I wanted, but it’s what I needed. This character drama is sure to grip you in the same way.

4/5 Stars

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