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The Sentinel (2006)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 21 April 2006 (USA)
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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.

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William Montrose
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The Handler
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National Security Advisor
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President Ballentine
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Cindy Breckinridge
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Walter Xavier
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Director Overbrook
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Deputy Director Cortes
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Charlie Merriweather (as Clarque Johnson)
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Aziz Hassad
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Teddy Vargas
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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In 141 years, there's never been a traitor in the Secret Service.... Until Now.

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense action violence and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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21 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El centinela  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$87,942 (New Zealand) (21 April 2006)

Gross:

$36,279,230 (USA) (21 July 2006)
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2.35 : 1
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The film-makers cast well-known actors, both American and Canadian, in the smaller but pivotal roles. Bringing them to life were David Rasche, who portrays American President John Ballentine; Blair Brown, as the National Security Advisor; Gloria Reuben, as Nancy Merriweather; Ritchie Coster, as the villainous character 'The Handler'; Chuck Shamata, as US Secret Service Director Overbrook; Taborah Johnson, as the First Lady's FLOTUS Chief of Staff; Raoul Bhaneja, as Agent Aziz Hassad; and Kristin Lehman, as the ex-wife of USSS Agent David Breckinridge (Kiefer Sutherland). See more »

Goofs

When Pete Garrisson is being followed after sitting in the café, a pan shot of one of the followers reveals a portion of camera equipment and crew member in the reflective glass of a building. See more »

Quotes

1st Lady Sarah Ballentine: How do you think it went in there?
Pete Garrison: Excuse me, ma'am, are you talking to me?
1st Lady Sarah Ballentine: Yes.
Pete Garrison: I thought it was, uh, an excellent speech.
1st Lady Sarah Ballentine: One to 10?
Pete Garrison: Ten, ma'am.
1st Lady Sarah Ballentine: You're not a very good liar, Pete.
Pete Garrison: Seriously?
1st Lady Sarah Ballentine: Yes, I- I really want to know.
Pete Garrison: 9.5.
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References Taxi (2004) See more »

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A Gafiera
Written and Performed by Daniel Indart and Bill Brendle (as William J. Brendle)
Courtesy of LMS Records
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Great potential ruined by terrible screenplay
22 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"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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