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.
In order to accomplish the threat letters and forensics reports, retired USSS [US Secret Service] agent and consultant to the film's production, Gerald A. Cavis [Gerry Cavis], sat with the production design staff and guided them with the designs, and helped the costumers select shoes and boots. US Secret Service agents wear tie shoes rather than slip-ons, "so they don't come off when you take off running," Cavis explained. The fabrics were high-end, "not like an FBI agent in double-knit nylon," said Cavis. He also helped to choose the right sunglasses, earpieces, and sleeve microphones. In addition to props, costumes, and the art department, Cavis and co-consultant Kevin Billings advised on the motorcade cars and armored protection vehicles. See more »
The spoiler on the stolen Ford Taurus (driven by Pete Garrison) disappears between scenes. 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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