Sentinel

Sentinel

3.8 5
Director: Clark Johnson

Cast: Clark Johnson, Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland, Eva Longoria

     
 

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Fox has assembled a solid presentation of The Sentinel for this DVD. The transfer is as good as one would expect from a major studio; the video is colorful and free of blemishes while the 5.1 stereo soundtrack offers a strong, clear mix that makes solid use of the multi-speaker capabilities. The disc is rounded out by a series ofSee more details below

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Fox has assembled a solid presentation of The Sentinel for this DVD. The transfer is as good as one would expect from a major studio; the video is colorful and free of blemishes while the 5.1 stereo soundtrack offers a strong, clear mix that makes solid use of the multi-speaker capabilities. The disc is rounded out by a series of bonus features. First, director Clark Johnson and screenwriter George Nolfi team up for a commentary track; it's pleasant enough and the two offer a decent amount of nuts-and-bolts info about the production. There are also two featurettes about the film and its portrayal of the Secret Service. Both segments veer into puff-piece territory, and those who enjoyed the film might be disappointed that there isn't a comprehensive making-of featurette about the film itself. Elsewhere, there are a series of deleted scenes with optional commentary by Nolfi and a pair of theatrical trailers. All in all, this is a quality disc likely to please fans of the film.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The best at what he does, veteran Secret Service agent Pete Garrison (Michael Douglas) is regarded with awe by the newly recruited agents who study the field tactics he developed. Yet, during the investigation of a presidential assassination plot, Garrison somehow becomes a prime suspect. Agent David Breckinridge (Kiefer Sutherland), a onetime friend who now holds a grudge against his mentor, is assigned to bring him in. This is a fine follow-up to 2003’s S.W.A.T. by director Clark Johnson, who, after achieving acclaim as Det. Meldrick Lewis in Homicide, broke into directing with acclaimed episodes of The Shield, The Wire, and others. He nimbly establishes the major character and plot points of this involved, spellbinding thriller in fast-moving scenes of exposition while skillfully ratcheting up the tension. Douglas, as always, is sympathetic and solid, if fatally attracted to the wrong women (such as First Lady Kim Basinger), while Sutherland imbues the embittered protégé with the same intensity that makes him so riveting on 24. Sledge Hammer! veteran David Rasche delivers an impressive turn as President Ballentine, and Martin Donovan logs another outstanding portrayal as a face-saving bureaucrat. Cast as a rookie agent working with Sutherland, Eva Longoria does her best but is ultimately unable to rescue a blatantly superfluous character. That may be the only major quibble when it comes to this solid, unpretentious genre film.
All Movie Guide
A movie dealing with treachery in the Secret Service obviously has the potential to be a crackerjack thriller. Unfortunately, The Sentinel isn't up to the task; George Nolfi's script (based on a Gerald Petievich novel) is riddled with implausible twists and plot holes. It's also an easy bet that many viewers will guess the mystery villain before that person is revealed. Clark Johnson's sleek yet impersonal direction keeps the story on its feet but lacks the verve or intensity to gloss over the story's flaws. Thankfully, The Sentinel does have an ace up its sleeve in the form of a very good cast: Michael Douglas fills the shoes of the story's beleaguered hero with ease, Kiefer Sutherland makes an excellent sparring partner for him, and Kim Basinger is sympathetic and appealing as Douglas' conflicted lady love. Ultimately, The Sentinel is too gimmicky and underdeveloped to hold up to a scrutiny, but it's a passable time-waster for anyone in an undemanding mood.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2006
UPC:
0024543266020
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
15,899

Special Features

Commentary with director Clark Johnson and writer George Nolfi; deleted scenes with optional commentary by George Nolfi; alternate ending with optional commentary by George Nolfi; "The Secret Service on a Tradition of Excellence" and "In the President's Shadow: Protecting the President" featurettes.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Douglas Pete Garrison
Kiefer Sutherland David Breckinridge
Eva Longoria Jill Maren
Martin Donovan William Montrose
Ritchie Coster The Handler
Kim Basinger Sarah Ballentine
Blair Brown Actor
Gloria Reuben Actor
David Rasche President Ballentine
Kristin Lehman Actor
Raynor Scheine Actor
Chuck Shamata Actor
Paul Calderon Actor
Clarque Johnson Actor
Jeff Kassel Post Agent #2

Technical Credits
Clark Johnson Director
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Gabriel Beristain Cinematographer
Bill Carraro Executive Producer
Michael Douglas Producer
Marcy Drogin Producer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Evyen Klean Musical Direction/Supervision
Rocco Matteo Art Director
Andrew McAlpine Production Designer
Arnon Milchan Producer
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Cindy Mollo Editor
George Nolfi Co-producer,Screenwriter
Tom Quinn Asst. Director
John J. Thomson Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Sentinel
1. Main Titles [:02]
2. Morning Briefing [:38]
3. Protecting the President [3:30]
4. First Day on the Job [4:08]
5. It's Personal [2:18]
6. Mole [1:51]
7. Photographs and Polygraphs [5:51]
8. Las Palmas [2:15]
9. Camp David [2:40]
10. Not According to Plan [5:50]
11. Under Investigation [1:34]
12. Fugitive [3:51]
13. A Good Ally to Have [4:01]
14. The Search for Walter Xavier [1:56]
15. Pulling the Trigger [1:53]
16. Evidence [5:44]
17. Coming Clean [6:21]
18. Fingerprint [3:41]
19. Old Friends Again [4:40]
20. Up Against the Wall [1:02]
21. Toronto [3:36]
22. Assassination Attempt [6:28]
23. Retirement [:05]
24. Goodbye/End Titles [6:21]

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