Tension is key factor in The Nest and that element begins once the film starts. At first, the family in the film seems normal, but one of the characters feels otherwise. The sense of tension is heightened through eerie music and faded cinematography which make the film more dramatic. With very low lighting, the acting by Jude Law and Carrie Coon deepens the emotions in The Nest as their resentment towards each other grows. Law and Coon who already on bad terms are negative throughout. The Nest is engrossing due to its cinematic tone which raised my curiosity always wondering what will come of their worsening problems.
The film takes place in the United Kingdom in the late 20th century. Jude Law is Rory O’Hara, an egotistical, opinionated, and self-absorbed entrepreneur. Carrie Coon is Allison O’Hara, a mom with tons of hobbies who tries to put her kids first, but always questions her spouse’s judgment. They start out in a normal single-family home, but Rory convinces them to move to an English Country Manor, so he can rejoin a business to help it grow. Allison feels she does not have much say given she does not earn the income, so she goes along with Rory’s ideas. Once they are moved in, the dynamic goes downhill. Allison starts to come across notifications of bills that Rory has not paid, and she also learns there is previous debt she was unaware of. Rory keeps assuring her they will be fine, but the question is whether they will be.
What makes the problems even worse as their debt keeps building is that Rory and Allison are complete opposites. They fall into frequent arguments about who is in the wrong given their recent move into the manor. The film is like a verbal boxing match between them. Rory believes he is not in the wrong, because he is a powerful man who is only going to keep growing more successful. However, from the debt that Allison keeps coming across, she struggles to believe that Rory is entitled to the power over making decisions about their lifestyle. Throughout the movie, more scenarios take a turn for the worse. Rory starts to fall apart with his business plans as tries to keep covering his tracks from Allison. And, Allison comes across even more deceitful information on Rory’s end. The more lies and half-truths that rise to the surface just stirs the pot even more for Rory and Allison who both play their roles so brilliantly that I could not take my attention away from The Nest.
Due to the use of tension shown technologically well and coupled with amazing acting, I am going to give The Nest four stars. The film is like real life and leaves questions for the audience concerning how issues tend to arise and also struggle to find resolution. Throughout The Nest, I kept asking myself if there was going to be a resolution. Viewers will have to watch and see for themselves. Do not miss The Nest.