The Nest looks like a horror movie, but it’s actually just a boring domestic drama about a father who lies to this family.
Rory relocates his family from New York to London because he believes that opportunities in the US have dried up. The family moves into an old mansion in Surrey and he gets a job at the firm of his former employer.
Early on we find out that this isn’t the first time the family has relocated because of the father. And it’s clear that Rory is an ambitious man who wouldn’t hesitate to plunk their savings on an expensive lifestyle. He spends it on his family at least (he sends his kids to expensive schools, builds a stable, and gives his wife an expensive fur coat), who are unaware of what’s really happening.
Writer-director Sean Durkin stacks up a series of unpleasant things happening to unpleasant people. The period setting and cinematography makes it look like a horror movie, but it isn’t.
Rory is a sweet-talking get-rich-quick schemer. Allison puts up with it, as you do in a marriage, and has a stack of hidden cash just in case.
The characters aren’t developed enough to care about. Jude Law and Carrie Coon turn in solid performances, but they’re buried underneath a lackluster script.
The suspense is how low and how big Rory blows up until his wife finds out. His downward spiral isn’t as bad or as desperate as Jude Law’s performance makes it. Allison already knows he ain’t shit, so the family being broke isn’t a surprise. She’s just waiting for him to realize that this is another failed attempt to appease his ego.
There is some supernatural stuff here involving a horse and the ugly house, but they’re just unconvincing fillers. The movie ends in a grinding halt – a tired housewife, a hungover teenager, and a distressed boy share breakfast as their selfish jerk of a father come home crying over two botched deals.
The Nest is about a family that isn’t worth caring about implode.
The Nest is a boring two-hour long soap opera that doesn't have anything interesting to say.