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.
A young journalist, a seasoned cameraman and a discredited war correspondent embark on an unauthorized mission to find the No.1 war criminal in Bosnia. However, their extremely dangerous target decides to come after them.
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
The damage to Babbage's car was not disabling. He could have gotten back in and continued pursuing the suspect from the alley. 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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After the film was released in European and Asian markets, several portions of the film were reshot and the entire film was basically reedited. The result is that the tone of the US version is less bleak and grim. See more »
Quite disturbing yet not as good as it could have been
First of all i have seen 8 mm and i am normally quite resistant to some 'heavy' images. But this movie did disturb me.
Most of the viewers complain the movie had a very bad pace, to few twist turns. I both agreed and disagreed here, yes when watching the movie you know who's 'dunnit' way to early but I loved the pace. In my eyes they really made time to make you loath the bad guys and feel repulsed by the idea what they did to those poor girls.
Richard gere was holding back like always, but I often find he's perfect for these roles. Maybe he did not put of a good performance, but he was just made for these roles. Claire Danes didn't impress me in this movie, quite a shame cause i normally really love claire danes ;). You kind of get the idea they used her for eye candy above everything else.
The first 80 minutes of the movie were quite decent in my eyes but the last 20 minutes were a bit of a disappointment. They seemed to be a bit over the top.
All in all a decent movie. 6 out of 10
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