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.
Sound-bites. What a lousy extra, hey!?