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.
Star Kiefer Sutherland's, like the other cast members, enjoyed having an actor as a director with Clark Johnson. Sutherland said: "There is a commonality there. That's undeniable. Clark has an innate sensitivity and that's a two-way street. To know what it's like to work in your shoes is a gift." See more »
The spoiler on the stolen Ford Taurus (driven by Pete Garrison) disappears between scenes. See more »
[at Charlie Merriweather's house, investigating his murder]
There's no money left in his wallet, and there's been a series of robberies here the last two months. You have some reason to think it wasn't a robbery?
Well, Agent Merriweather spent the last twenty-five years honing his ability to sense danger. To notice anything outside of the ordinary. So for some average street criminal to get the drop on him? Yeah, it raises some questions.
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It is too much like 'In the Line of Fire' only not as good.
In 'The Sentinel' Michael Douglas plays Pete Garrison, a veteran Secret Service agent. He is being investigated by David Breckinridge (Kiefer Sutherland) when it comes to light that there may be a traitor in the Secret Service who might be involved in an assassination plot. But David takes his investigation rather personal because he also feels Pete had an affair with his ex-wife. Agent Garrison must now prove his innocence and protect a President that everyone else believes he is trying to kill.
This film was rather disappointing. It is too much like 'In the Line of Fire' only not as good. There are several plot lines that go unexplained and few circumstances that are too unbelievable. It was not a convincing film.
Neither Michael Douglas nor Kim Basinger did that good of a job. Kiefer Sutherland seemed to be reprising his role from '24'.
I just hope the novel was a little better.
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