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The Flock (2007; Rated Rated R)

The Flock

“ One the strangest movies you've never heard of.”

-Richard Roeper


The Flock

(2007; R)

In theaters:
Saturday, 4 August 2007

Summary: This film is about a hyper-vigilant employee of the department of public safety who, while training his young female replacement, has to track down a missing girl who he is convinced is connected to a paroled sex offender he is investigating.

Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Wai-keung Lau

Richard Gere, Claire Danes

Here's one you've probably never heard of: "The Flock." It stars Richard Gere and Claire Danes and it’s from the co-director of the vaunted "Infernal Affairs" trilogy. Yet it’s going straight to DVD. I can understand why. This film is not for the squeamish or anyone looking for a plausible plot. That said, Gere does turn in a virtuoso performance as Erroll Babbage. He works for the Department of Safety, checking on registered sex offenders, but he’s more of a cross between Dirty Harry and Travis Bickle.

Erroll’s getting put out to pasture, and he’s training his successor, played by Danes. Babbage has become so immersed in this sordid world that he’s become the butt of jokes at work, and a loose cannon in public. We also get some interesting acting choices by the sweet-faced Kadee Strickland, playing a hairdresser who might also be a deranged sexual-psycho nutball. "The Flock" is never dull but often ludicrous. On at least two occasions, Gere and Danes don’t call the police for backup when that’s the obvious move. And you know the mystery is too convoluted when the main characters have to stop and talk us through the latest developments. "The Flock" is certainly more interesting than most assembly-line thrillers we see in theaters, but it’s a sordid jumbalaya containing too many ingredients that don’t mesh well together.

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