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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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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

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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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In order to present certain aspects of the Secret Service as realistically as possible, the film's screenwriter and co-producer, George Nolfi, undertook extensive research. Nolfi said: "From the beginning I wanted the story to be realistic. I wondered: How is the president really protected? Where do the threats come from? What would truly put his life in danger, and how would the Secret Service react ?". See more »

Goofs

In the first exterior scenes where Marin and Breckenridge arrive to investigate the murder, she's wearing a tight low-cut black shirt under her jacket; when she comes out of the same house in a later scene (same point in the narrative, during the initial investigation) she's wearing a loose-fitting striped collared shirt under her jacket. See more »

Quotes

David Breckinridge: Holster your weapons! Holster your weapons! I am Agent Breckinridge, Lead Investigator. I issued the warrant on Pete Garrison.
Counter Sniper: [sniper sights on Garrison] ...subject in my sight. Do I take the shot?
President Ballentine: [continuing his speech] We must ratify the Kyoto Protocol. We must embrace the ideal of an African economic union!
Post Agent #2: He's a Do Not Admit.
Post Agent #1: We have orders!
David Breckinridge: I am countermanding your orders!
Post Agent #1: You don't control this sight. Montrose does.
Post Agent #2: [into sleeve microphone] Montrose--
David Breckinridge: Don't call him!
Pete Garrison: Montrose is the mole!
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Connections

Referenced in Zombie Apocalypse (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Bullet and a Target
Written by Citizen Cope (as Clarence Greenwood)
Performed by Citizen Cope
Courtesy of RCA Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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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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