Two brothers sneak into a home wearing orange overalls and boots that have been taped in black tape. The two soon begin to prepare for something horrible. It’s soon discovered based on their conversation that they are planning and plotting to murder someone.
Going forward, we see these men prepare and discuss the upcoming main event, but we are also given the history on both of their pasts. This gives us a greater understanding as to who they intend to kill and their motives.
A fun fact for Finesse fans! For this film, the actors who play brother in this film are in fact brothers in real life- Shane Jacobson (who is best known for his Aussie film Kennie) & Clayton Jacobson. It should also be known that Clayton Jacobson takes ownership of the director chair. Needless to say, this film is also Australian.
To my surprise, the film managed to bring out a few chuckles, mysteries and not to mention drama with a touch of suspense. As these two men begin to discuss and confirm their plans, I found myself rather curious to know the ‘whys’ within this film’s plot. What makes it very entertaining, is watching these brothers interact with each other as they question and disagree on how things should be handled. As mentioned, we are also given significant amounts of dialogue throughout the film that offers the audience a greater understanding as to who these men indeed are and the past they once shared. At no point does the information feel like it’s spoon-feed or uninteresting.
I’m also proud to announce that the film managed to deliver a plot that built too many unpredictable moments and I was even shocked to find I hadn’t considered certain situations that threw the brothers plans right out the window.
From a performance level, the Jacobson brothers have delivered some very tight performances and considering most of the screen time is focused on these two men, it’s fantastic. I was also excited to see other favourite Australian actors make appearances here, including Kim Gyngell and the lovely (and rather talented!) Sarah Snook.
Overall, Brother Nest carries many themes. The film can is a dark comedy, with drama and suspense. The Jacobson brothers have delivered a film which has great performers. I never felt bored within the story, and the film sets up many mysteries (and dishes out surprises!). It’s also an impressive film considering the total casting is about five actors. It’s well done and comes recommended!
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Review Written by Peter Walkden