Released in theatres in 2020 and now haunting your Netflix library, is a Sean Durkin psychological drama starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon. The ’80s-set slow-burn film is an unsettling experience.
Durkin was previously celebrated for the disquieting cult drama Martha Marcy May Marlene. After an excruciating wait post-Martha Marcy May Marlene, Durkin has been on a roll. Positioned as a potential 2024 Oscar contender, Durkin is getting his flowers for the latest A24 wrestling drama, The Iron Claw. But it is The Nest which is storming Netflix right now.
The film revolves around Rory and Allison O’Hara, portrayed by Law and Coon, as they move from the comfort of America to an ominous English countryside estate. As Rory pursues a lucrative business opportunity, the family becomes entangled in a web of deception, unravelling hidden tensions and long-buried secrets.
The Nest is an exploration of the psychological toll of unchecked aspirations and the cost of chasing the elusive American dream in a foreign landscape.
While Law’s brooding performance adds layers to the film’s eerie ambience, Coon’s presence intensifies the familial chaos unfolding on screen in The Nest. It’s a recipe for a psychological stew that simmers, bubbles, and occasionally boils over, keeping you on the edge.
As you dive into The Nest, be prepared for Durkin’s signature attention to detail, making the ’80s setting more than just a backdrop. The era becomes a character in itself, with mullets and synth beats setting the stage for the unravelling that lies ahead.
As we brace ourselves for the awards season, it’s evident that Durkin is the toast of the town, serving up psychological thrillers that are equal parts perplexing and brilliant. The Nest might not be a light-hearted romp, but for those who appreciate moody thrillers, it’s a journey worth taking.
You can watch The Nest on Netflix and catch the trailer here: