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


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


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El centinela  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$3,554,416 (Mexico) (22 September 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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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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