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The Flock [2008] [DVD]

Claire Danes , Richard Gere , Andrew Lau    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Claire Danes, Richard Gere, Avril Lavigne, Kadee Strickland
  • Directors: Andrew Lau
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: High Fliers
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EBO94C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,043 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Action director Andrew Lau's tense, race-against-time thriller has Richard Gere as a maverick federal agent searching for a parolled sex offender. Forced to accept early retirement due to his abrasive manner with the sex offenders he is supposed to monitor, Department of Public Safety inspector Errol Babbage (Gere) spends his last days on the job training up his replacement Allison Lowry (Claire Danes). But when news emerges that a teenager has gone missing, Babbage, sure that the disappearance is linked to one of his most deviant offenders, sets off into the city's dark underbelly, with Lowry in tow, in an effort to track down the suspect before time runs out.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 20 Oct 2008
By Johnnybluetime TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
The most obvious thing to say about this film is that the director, Andrew Lau, is,belatedly,in thrall to David Fincher's film Seven.Unfortunately, Mr Lau does not seem to possess anything like the talent of Fincher and so he takes an interesting tale and manages to make it less interesting.The first half hour seems like non-stop jump cuts, shaky camera work and arial shots of a car speeding along a desert road.Sound familiar?Thankfully it calms down a little after that, but curiously, despite,or most probably because of,the frenetic editing, the film drags and seems much longer than it actually is.

This really is a shame,because Gere does some of his best work since Internal Affairs,unashamedly playing against his pretty boy image as a burnt-out sex offenders probation officer.Clare Danes is pretty good too, as are most of the cast, and the plot could have made for a really good, low-key thriller.Unfortunately, Lau's direction is shamelessly derivative,at times adolescently unpleasant,and frankly second rate.However,if you can sit through the first half hour, there is something worthwile struggling to get out here.There are some moments that are laughable,these are probation officers after all, so why don't they just call the cops etc.but overall it's not bad.Five stars for Gere's performance,four for Danes and minus one for Lau's dreadful direction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Flock! 9 Mar 2009
By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE
Richard Gere and Claire Danes star in this dark and disturbing drama about sex offenders and the Government employees who monitor them.

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Gere's character Erroll Babbage takes his job very seriously
2. A little TOO seriously if you ask anybody, including his superiors
3. Before they show him the door, they show him Allison Lowry (Danes) and give him a couple of weeks to train her in the job.
4. Her instructions are slightly different
5. A girl goes missing
6. Babbage takes it personally
7. Disjointed and improbable plot follows, filled with disgusting degeneracy, the glaringly obvious and the highly unlikely.

Even winning performances by Gere and Danes can't save this unworkable storyline, which takes them into the depths of depravity in the search for a missing girl. Good supporting performances are seen from KaDee Strickland, Russell Sams and Avril Lavigne.

Allison: What do you think about?
Baggage: I think about a girl who's dead because I didn't look in a closet.

Amanda Richards
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tension 19 Sep 2011
Somewhere between "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" (1977) and "The Flock" (2007), Richard Gere became an actor. For a long time he was nothing more than a pretty boy ("Yanks", "The Cotton Club"). Then, suddenly, he started making good films and displaying the avoirdupois expected of a good actor - I'd date this efflorescence of talent from somewhere around "No Mercy" (1986) and "Internal Affairs" (1990). "The Flock" is another example of how very good an actor he has become.
Here, he plays Erroll Babbage, a burnt-out probation officer whose case-load consists of sex-offenders. An obsessive who can think of nothing else in life and who broods constantly about the snake-pit he perceives the rest of the world to be, he is nearing enforced retirement, and has eighteen days in which to train up his replacement Allison Lowry (Claire Danes). In this time a young woman (Harriet, played by Kristina Sisco) is kidnapped, and he and Lowry start the relentless search to find her before she is killed. They do so in the nick of time, returning her to her parents (who think she is dead), and incidentally helping him to lay the ghost of a former young woman that he failed to save.

The film is viscerally effective, establishing an unrelenting tone of foreboding right from the start and maintaining the tension to the end. At times it has the air of an episode of "Law and Order: SVU", and there is a lot of fashionably erratic camerawork and momentary flashbacks which can be irksome. But these are minor distractions. The film pulls no punches in its unflinching portrayal of horrific abuse, and makes you wonder how the perpetrators of such crimes can sink to levels that make them practically sub-human.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Flock..... 4 Nov 2011
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When watching this film you need to be fairly focused as I found it a bit disjointed & quite hard viewing. Having said that stick with it, as overall, not a bad film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tough viewing but well performed 10 Sep 2010
By Benminx
The three stars I gave this film is largely for a one-off view. It's doubtful you'd want to see this again afterwards - not because it's particularly scandalous or shocking, but because it's largely a hard viewing of exactly what it says on the tin: a grim, harsh tale about sex offenders.
It's particularly well performed. Gere works very hard, portraying his role's hardened federal case worker as a man chewed up and embittered by the scum and depravity he wallows in every day to the point where it's starting to make him thoroughly anti-social. This is exhibited frequently throughout the film, but perhaps a little too heavy-handedly in a scene in a bar where he gives the impression of being completely unable to engage as a normal male rather than a case officer.
Clare Danes is good as the wide-eyed optimist who has her faith tested to the extreme. The offenders are largely a stereotypical bunch, but a few of them are handled very cleverly and in a way that challenges the viewer.
There is occasional violence, and it can be harsh and bloody. But mainly this film's 18 is for emotional trauma. It's designed to test you as much as it can, and in that degree it succeeds. I was glad I watched it. But it's relentless seriousness, bitterness and grit left a faintly nasty taste in my mouth.
A divisive experience.
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This film is a clear sign that hollywood has lost the plot. Those that thought this film is not bad or ok- you have no sense or intelligence, you are thrilled and suspenseful by a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ev
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 17 months ago by Maciej
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and underrated.
The Flock is a 2007 American thriller film directed by Andrew Lau. There were numerous issues with re-shoots and the US DVD release differs to the UK one... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2011 by C. Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable but disturbing
i have wanted to watch this film for a while.
so i was not disapointed.
Published on 29 Oct 2010 by joe
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
gere should get a oscar for his brooding performance great support from avril lavigne was glued when i watched it dark undertones give it a go you might like it
Published on 20 Jun 2010 by James Redford
2.0 out of 5 stars OK film
I nearly turned the DVD off after 20mins. Carried on to the end. Not a film I would watch again
Published on 22 May 2009 by S. Balloo
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