‘The Flock’, directed by Andrew Lau, shows the last days of Errol Babbage as a public safety officer after receiving a notice of termination ofemployment letter because of his unorthodox actions. He has to train Allison Lowry, his replacement, and teach her all he can in one month. Errol acts and is shown throughout the movieas a person who is violent, intrusive, with no respect for privacy and as someone changed by life experiences. The movie gives a perfect example, through the character AllisonLowry, of Aristotle’s idea of how people can adjust or grow into and becoming the state. here the state is represented by Errol Babbage, and by the end of the movie Allison hasvery much become the reflection of the state as he presents it
Agent Errol Babbage, played by Richard Gere, is presented to us at the beginning of the movie. We are takenwith Babbage to visit one of his ‘registrants’, Vincent Dennison, where we get our first glimpse of Errol’s questionable methods. We can soon see how Errol acts as a strong andprotective authority by asking Vincent personal and intimate questions that are not supposed to be asked by a public safety patrol officer. Errol is supposed to read from what hesees as an inefficient questionnaire to determine if the ‘registrant’ is dangerous or safe. The fact that Babbage decides to use his own methods tells us the way Errol envisionsthe world. He thinks people, ‘his people’, does not change and that evil is in everyone. In the dilemma of nature vs. Nurture, Errol Babbage would take the side of Nature. Errol’susage of constant violence enhances his point of view that people can not change and that it is up to him, the state, by which the Flock will pay for what they have done.