By Clint Morris
Sometime mega-stars Richard Gere and Claire Danes team up for this unsettling but not entirely successful thriller centered on sex offenders.
Gere is a federal agent who’s investigating a paroled sex offender when a young girl goes missing. He’s convinced her disappearance has something to do with the man he’s investigating. Gereâ€™s superiors do not believe the two are connected, and doesnâ€™t think itâ€™s worth looking into, but the fed manages to convince a colleague (Danes) to follow him in the sick underworld of pornography and perversions to look, just in case.
Gereâ€™s character in the film is a little reminiscent of Fox Mulder, the character David Duchovny plays in ”The X-Files” â€“ hyper-vigilant, slightly forlorn and determined to seek out the truth, even if others donâ€™t want him to. But unfortunately, this chap’s case isnâ€™t even half as interesting as anything Frank Spotnitz wrote for Mulder on all those years on ”X-Files” – or maybe it is, and writers Hans Lauer and Craig Mitchell just rushed themselves too much. Whatever the case, the film feels sluggish and as a consequence really struggles to hold your attention – not even its director, acclaimed Asian filmmaker Andy Lau (“Infernal Affairs”), could fix it.
Co-starring Ray Wise (TVs ”Twin Peaks”), KaDee Strickland (”Anacondas : The Hunt for the Blood Orchid”), and popstress Avril Lavinge (her acting debut), ”The Flock” is a bit of a misfire â€“ one that probably wonâ€™t hurt Gere and Danesâ€™ careers too much because itâ€™s been quietly moved straight to video.
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Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.