This film is about a hyper-vigilant employee of the department of public safety who, while training his young female replacement, has to track down a missing girl who he is convinced is connected to a paroled sex offender he is investigating.
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The paranoid registrant administrator of the Department of Public Safety Erroll Babbage is forced to an early retirement due to his abusive behavior against the sex offenders that he should monitor, and shall spend his last eighteen days training his replacement Allison Lowry. When the seventeen years old Harriet Wells is considered missing in his area of work, Errol is convinced that her disappearance is related to one of his parole sex offenders. However, his superiors do not believe on his investigations and he convinces Allison to follow him in the sick underworld of pornography and perversions trying to find the missing girl. Written by
Claudio Cavalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Erroll is flicking through Vincent Dennison's stuff. He opens a pornography magazine up. When he skips to the next page, exactly the same photo is shown on it. See more »
Department of Public Safety.
Mr. Dennison? Vincent Dennison is a registered sex offender, the sooner I can verify his address, the sooner I can leave him alone!
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Great obsessive Richard Gere in less than impressive movie
Erroll Babbage (Richard Gere) works at the Department of Public Safety tirelessly rigorously checking on sex offenders. He is close to retirement and forced to train his young replacement Allison Lowry (Claire Danes). She tries to be sympathetic to Viola Frye (KaDee Strickland) who spins a sob story whereas Erroll takes justice into his own hands. Then 17 years old Harriet Wells turns up missing, and Erroll is given a clue. The cops and everybody else dismisses his suspicion that it's one of his charge.
Richard Gere plays a great obsessive dark personality. Claire Danes is a great foil as the slight naive newbie. Together this duo has great chemistry. Hong Kong director Wai-Keung Lau doesn't have quite the dark style for this subject matter. It would have been great with a darker director like David Fincher. The movie doesn't have the needed thrills or tension.
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