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.
When the daughter of a psychiatrist is kidnapped, he's horrified to discover that the abductors' demand is that he break through to a post traumatic stress disorder suffering young woman who knows a secret...
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
As screenwriter George Nolfi honed the screenplay, producers Marcy Drogin and Michael Douglas brought in Clark Johnson to direct. Johnson had previously directed a pilot for a series about the Secret Service called Secret Service (1992) [See episode: Secret Service: The Stalker/Bomb Protective Mission (1992)] which pointed to his interest in the topic. Johnson, also a respected actor, had worked in almost every area of the film business, including stunts, special effects, and camera. In addition, he was experienced with law enforcement action thrillers, ensemble pieces, multiple cameras, large set-ups and special effects. For The Sentinel (2006), Johnson used this extensive background to depict the reality and grittiness of the Secret Service world. 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 »
1st Lady Sarah Ballentine:
[to Agent Breckinridge]
Pete Garrison and I are having an affair. Please, have a seat...and that's for you. You know, I don't know all the evidence you have against him, but I do know why he failed the lie detector test. And I know why he was in the coffee shop looking for someone.
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"The Sentinel" is an average-at-best action drama that does not come remotely close to reaching its potential. The entire movie feels rushed, with random details about each character's past thrown at you in a poorly-written screenplay. The revelation of the true bad guy in conspiracy films normally elicits at least some form of surprise or intrigue; instead, in "The Sentinel" the character is far too obvious and the scene reveals a tangential and unexplained back story that should instead be much more central to the plot.
The rush to cram details in every fleeting moment ruins this movie. For example, without spoiling the film, the culminating chase of the movie is ruined by a ridiculous proclamation of certain password to get by people; the ridiculousness of the situation takes away from what should be a tense finish.
This review is not meant to be overly disparaging; the film received 5/10 because it is a moderately entertaining summer movie and I did not regret going to see it. However, the skeleton plot seemed to be trying too hard and the characters were not well-utilized. Eva Longoria is very attractive though.
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