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Flock (2007)

Richard Gere , Claire Danes , Niels Mueller , Wai-keung Lau  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Richard Gere, Claire Danes, KaDee Strickland, Ray Wise, Russell Sams
  • Directors: Niels Mueller, Wai-keung Lau
  • Writers: Craig Mitchell, Hans Bauer
  • Producers: Adam Richman, Andrew Loo, Elie Samaha, Jeffrey Konvitz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013D8LCC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,756 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flock" on IMDb

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Erroll Babbage (Richard Gere) has spent his career tracking sex offenders and his unorthodox methods are nearly as brutal as the criminals he monitors. When he links one of his deranged parolees to the disappearance of a local girl, he and his new partner (Claire Danes) must scour the S&M underground to find her before it's too late.

Richard Gere stars in The Flock as Errol Babbage, a government employee in charge of tracking registered sex offenders who has become convinced he can tell when they're about to offend again. When a young girl is kidnapped, he loses his bearings and sinks into a violent obsession, dragging his new partner (Claire Danes) into a dogged investigation that includes abusive interrogations, flagrant violations of civil rights, and a whole lot of sexual tension between the two of them. The Flock is the sort of overheated thriller that wants to condemn sexual deviance while depicting it in absurdly lurid and titillating ways (the scenes in a porn studio/fetish market are slathered with moral indignation but ooze with repressed lust). The movie wants to be a portrait of a passionate man who risks becoming what he most abhors, but it's implausible at every turn. The Flock lurches from one sleazy sequence to another, intoxicated by its own hypocrisy, cheering on Babbage's vigilantism while pretending to compare it with the dangerous acting-out of the deviants. In the end, Babbage is redeemed and affirmed. Also featuring Ray Wise (Twin Peaks), KaDee Strickland (Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid), French Stewart (3rd Rock from the Sun), and an extremely brief appearance by pop star Avril Lavigne. --Bret Fetzer

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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Film of 2007 December 11, 2007
Format:Theatrical Release
I saw this movie and really didn't expect much coming in. But Richard Gere delivered his best performance to date and Claire Danes supported him very well. This is probably one of the most if not the most suspenseful movie I have ever seen. While it is a little stomach wrenching at parts I started to gag, it keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Richard Gere deserves an Oscar for his role in this movie, and the cinematography is second to none. I highly suggest this movie.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Theatrical Release
The following review refers to "The Flock" (105 minutes) released in Japan where I saw it in theater.

The story of "The Flock" centers around the case of a missing girl. Or girls perhaps, and some disturbing photos. The thriller has an undertone of "The Silence of the Lambs," but in spite of its intriguing protagonist played by cast-against-type Richard Gere, "The Flock" is short on thrills, and some parts require an enormous amount of suspension of disbelief.

The most unique aspect of the film is the central role Richard Gere plays with slovenly appearance with unkempt clothes. Gere plays Erroll Babbage, veteran officer of department of public safety, monitoring paroled sex offenders. After 18 years of his work of supervising the registered offenders, Erroll, firm believer of his own theories about offenders, is not content with just visiting them and doing routine question. He cannot arrest them, but he thinks he can do something with his method, which is not exactly legal sometimes. Even his co-workers stay away from him, including his supervisor Bobby Stiles (Ray Wise). So in 18 days Erroll is to quit, or "let go" from the job.

To Erroll is sent an understudy Allison Lowry (Claire Danes). Erroll takes Allison under his wing and grooms her for the career as officer who can see through the "public presentation" of people. While training Allison, Erroll confides to her that he is convinced of one thing, believe him or not, that only he can know the truths behind the case of a young girl who suddenly disappeared.

As I said before, "The Flock" needs more suspense. Not many details are given about the missing girl (who might have just run away from home).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Taxi Driver' meets 'Silence of the Lambs' June 17, 2009
Sporting a cool name and a hot temper Richard Gere stars as Det. Errol Babbage, a man watching over his Flock of registered sex offenders. Errol's methods are too harsh for his superiors so they give him one month before they let him go. Babbage is a loner obsessed with his work, so when one of his sickos doesn't provide the right answers he thinks nothing of slapping him around or beating another with a baseball bat. When a young girl gets kidnapped and held hostage Errol loses it and makes it his mission to bring her back before he shuffles off. Hoping to keep him in check his boss, (the great Ray Wise) assigns Errol a partner named Alison Lowry (Claire Danes). Babbage doesn't appreciate this so he breaks in his new partner by taking her to a sex dungeon where he rubs her face in how dirty and dangerous their job is. As more clues fall in to place Errol believes that one of his Flock whom he has tangled with before is behind this latest kidnapping. It's a genuine shame that more people aren't going to see this film since it was released Direct to Video. The directing by 'Infernal Affairs' Andrew Lau is solid and the performances he gets out of his cast are excellent. This is one of Gere's riskiest and best performances ever. Danes isn't bad it's just that her own work is overshadowed by Gere's powerhouse performance. The subject matter is disturbing and graphic which can make this a tough film to watch at times. Hopefully this little seen masterpiece will find an audience on DVD or cable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movie, but disturbring June 16, 2009
Good movie thanks to the subject and Richard Gere - he really shines. Claire Danes is very low-key, which perhaps what the director meant for her to be, but the result is she projects no personality to speak of and thus forgetable.
I just had to write this review, for the sake of stating that I could not DISAGREE more with amazon editorial review. That review claims there's sexual tension between Gere and Danes. If there's, I completely missed it. I was actually expecting for something sexual to develop between the two, but nope - the bond could not come off more asexual. Another mindboggling editorial statement is that the movie "condemns sexual deviance while depicting it in absurdly lurid and titillating ways (the scenes in a porn studio/fetish market are slathered with moral indignation but ooze with repressed lust)". What??? If I were that editor I would keep these revelations to myself. Certainly did not find anything in the movie titillating - just utterly disturbing and nauseating.
In general, I found this movie great in a documentary/education sense. It's good to be aware of what kind of people lurk out there and what they are capable of.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Flock" a MUST see March 20, 2009
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I watched "Flock" with surprise, as I hadn't even seen promo's for it. I LOVED IT!!! I don't need to tell you whats in the movie, everyone else has already done that. I was amazed by the movie. Richard Gere, can play ANYTHING and make it come out good. I believe he did better in this, than he did in "Internal Affairs" and I believe that's saying a lot. While the movie is some what slow at first, it has to be. It has to get the people watching it, into what's going on. I feel that's hard to do, with the subject at hand. Sexual predators is a very hard subject to do in a movie. It's a touchy subject. Anyone in "real life", who works with these people gets a feeling about them. I doubt that many of them act on it. That's what I love about this movie. I felt myself WANTING to do just what Gere's character did. I can't wait to get the movie for myself. I own ALL of Richard Gere's movies and I haven't be disappointed in any of them. I feel Gere should get an award for this movie, as it IS an out-of-cast character for him, and he plays it so well. I really don't understand the bad reviews that this movie got. I guess that some people expect too much. I just love to watch a movie just for what it is. Now I'm not saying, I haven't seen what I thought was a crappy movie. What "I" think is a bad movie. verses other people would probably start an argument. I guess one persons bad movie is another persons good movie. Isn't it great we all don't like the same things???
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 22 days ago by Lisa K. Conley
5.0 out of 5 stars SCAREY and good
I saw 3/4 of this movie on TV and knew it was the best movie i have ever seen !!
Published 5 months ago by jen roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie - Dark Atmosphere
It's difficult to find a good movie with a smart and dark atmosphere these days but for the fans of the genre in the similar basket as Silence of the Lambs should also know that... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jakub Kedzior
5.0 out of 5 stars Real life behavior
It's a great movie for those who are interested in human behavior. It deals with reality like people buying into someone's impressions and understanding . Read more
Published 8 months ago by Frank Mattox
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining yet dark film
It started off a little slow and kind of confusing (for me). I wasn't exactly sure what was going on at first, but that is what is great about the movie. They throw you into it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Miko
5.0 out of 5 stars Flock was a wonderful movie about the truth of what parole officers,...
Richard Geer and Claire Danes were perfect together in the roles as the experienced parole officer of sex offenders Richard Geer and the newbie, who is take over Geer's job. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pamela Ann Walsh
2.0 out of 5 stars When the plot's hard to follow, you don't care how it ends.
GOOD thing is, this is a 2007 show, so chances are, not many'll buy the DVD

The blurb's interesting enough but for me, it was a simple story made complicated
Yeah,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by A3
2.0 out of 5 stars A failed Richard Gere flick about an embarassingly unstable vigilante...
Recipe for a good thriller: take an A-list Hollywood star, give him a gorgeous and gifted actress as a side-kick, make them work with sex offenders, add a serial killer, add a... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Darth Maciek
2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed picture..
Richard Gere = 5 stars (and I never liked him as an actor til this flick (Pretty Lady.. give me a break), but here he SHINES! Read more
Published on August 8, 2011 by asdf
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER FAST
Published on June 13, 2010 by Eva Jones
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