The Nest Review

The Nest Review
It’s been 10 long years since Sean Durkin directed his first feature film, the chilling Martha Marcy May Marlene. His only directing gig in the interim was a four-episode British series called Southcliffe. But now he’s returned with The Nest, a film suffused with the same sense of dread and claustrophobia that marked his feature debut, even if the narrative this time lacks the same focus.

While Durkin got a breakout performance from Elizabeth Olsen in the earlier movie, here he gets some of the finest work in the careers of both Jude Law and Carrie Coon. They play Rory and Allison O’Hara, a couple with two kids–a teen girl named Sam (Oona Roche) and shy grade schooler Ben (Charlie Shotwell)–who uproot themselves from America back to Rory’s native England. The father has gotten a lucrative job offer at a firm he previously worked for.
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