A Secret Service agent is framed as the mole in an assassination attempt on the President. He must clear his name and foil another assassination attempt while on the run from a Secret Service Protective Intelligence Division agent.
Special Agent Pete Garrison is convinced that a Neo-Nazi Aryan Disciple has managed to infiltrate the White House. When a White House Agent is murdered, Garrison is framed and blackmailed over an affair with the First Lady Sarah Ballentine. He is relieved of his duties, but Garrison won't stop in trying to prove his innocence, and save the life of the President. While attempting to uncover the person behind it all, he comes into confrontation with his protege, Agent Breckinridge. Written by
Cinematographer Gabriel Beristain was responsible for lighting two of the most beautiful women in the world: Kim Basinger and Eva Longoria. He said: "Both have interesting character arcs. And I was lucky enough to have two women who look beautiful under any lighting circumstances. The First Lady's world is crumbling in a way that could be disastrous. She had to go through a transition. We used much more than just glamorous lighting and her face responded to any lighting situation with dignity, grace and elegance. Eva's beginnings in the movie are modest and humble, in a dark little Secret Service office where she meets Kiefer Sutherland's character [of David Breckinridg]. As she grew as a character, we made the camera and the lighting on her different, making her a little more heroic. She took anything - direct lighting on her, low angles, not soft, no filtration - she looked absolutely marvelous. It was my privilege and my pleasure to work with both of them." Beristáin comes from a European tradition of filming, where he said, "they celebrate the lighting you give them. Kim and Eva took it the same way the great European actors I used to work with did, and did it magnificently." See more »
When Agent Garrison is at the house of murdered agent Charlie Merriweather, the widow points out a red Cadillac suspiciously parked outside her house. When the red Cadillac leaves the left upper tail light is burnt out. In the next scene when Agent Garrison is following the vehicle, the left tail light is functioning properly. See more »
You'd think Michael Douglas would have learned his lesson by this time, but apparently he hasn't. For even after all the trouble he had with an adulterous romance in "Fatal Attraction," here he is in "The Sentinel" playing the role of Pete Garrison, a veteran secret service agent who's having an affair with none other than the First Lady of the United States. Even worse, when it is discovered that there may be a mole secretly operating in the service, the finger of suspicion begins to point directly at Mr. Garrison. Is he truly the undercover operative working to bring down the President, or is he merely a tool being set up as a convenient fall guy in a plot to rub out the nation's chief executive?
Based on the novel by Gerald Petievich, "The Sentinel" is a decent enough thriller set in the high stakes world of political assassination. Although it frequently strains credibility, gets lost in a maze of cyber/techno mumbo jumbo, and succumbs to a few too many man-on-the-run clichés, the movie still manages to generate enough mystery and suspense to see us through most of its many rough patches. Prime credit goes to Douglas, who after all these years, could clearly do these roles in his sleep, and to Keifer Sutherland, who plays a fellow agent with personal reasons for doubting Garrison's probity and loyalty to the institution. Kim Basinger also does a fine job as the beautiful First Lady torn between duty towards her husband and the man she loves.
You'll probably forget this movie the moment you walk out of the theater, but you should have a reasonably fun time while you're still in your seat.
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