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Richard Gere deserves an Oscar for his role in this movie, and the cinematography is second to none. I highly suggest this movie.
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).Read more ›
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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Rainy day, bored...what's on TV? I caught this movie on 'LMN' early yesterday. EXCELLENT. Gere and Danes are great together in their respective roles. Wish I could buy it.Published 5 months ago by Gloria
Gere is very good as the state or county government worker who tracks child molesters. He is driven by demons, some of which he no doubt had already, but lots of them from the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by David Owens
I caught this movie on cable. It was a different type of Gere movie and when it was over I really didn't know what to think about it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gary Gilfoy
I saw 3/4 of this movie on TV and knew it was the best movie i have ever seen !!Published 20 months ago by jen roberts
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