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The Sentinel

3.8 5
Director: Clark Johnson, Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland, Eva Longoria

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


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A man who has devoted himself to serving the leader of the free world is accused of plotting against him in this thriller. Pete Garrison (Michael Douglas) is a veteran Secret Service agent who has had a long and distinguished career helping protect the president of the United States. David Breckinridge (


A man who has devoted himself to serving the leader of the free world is accused of plotting against him in this thriller. Pete Garrison (Michael Douglas) is a veteran Secret Service agent who has had a long and distinguished career helping protect the president of the United States. David Breckinridge (Kiefer Sutherland) is a fellow Secret Service agent who learned most of what he knows from Garrison and holds him in great respect. When intelligence data suggests that there is a mole within the Secret Service who is part of a plot to assassinate President Ballentine (David Rasche), Garrison launches an investigation to ferret out the rogue agent, and asks Breckinridge to go over the evidence with a fine-toothed comb. Breckinridge is shocked when the clues point to Garrison as the traitor within the Secret Service, but his sense of duty compels him to see that his former mentor is placed under arrest. Garrison eludes his captors and struggles to prove his innocence while tracking down the real conspirator and eluding the agents who were once his colleagues. As Breckinridge leads the search for Garrison, another ranking agent, Jill Marin (Eva Longoria) plays devil's advocate, convinced that Garrison couldn't possibly be the rat in the house. The Sentinel also co-stars Kim Basinger as the First Lady.

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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.
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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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Special Features

Closed Caption; Alternate ending and deleted scenes with optional commentary by screenwriter George Nolfi; Full-length audio commentary by director Clark Johnson and screenwriter George Nolfi; The Secret Service: Building on a Tradition of Excellence featurette; In the President's Shadow: Protecting the President featurette

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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

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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The Sentinel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Fugitive meets In the Line of Fire. Here is a movie with a stellar cast and a great beginning, but just when things get moving it falls into a familiar storyline that has been used over and over--innocent man is framed, innocent man brilliantly tracks down the bad guys while staying a step ahead of his adversaries...you know the drill. I was disappointed the script wasn't a little more original I figured out who the mole was way too early. An entertaining movie, but no surprise punches here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie serves as a sharp reminder of how paramount it is to the success of a film to have decent writers on board. I know it may sound like an utterly trite, common-sense lesson, but the fact that this movie turned out the way it did shows that there are people out there in Hollywood who have not yet learned. This movie had a really solid cast, a big budget, and an exciting premise. And yet, from beginning to end, viewers are served up forgettable characters with poorly-developed back-stories, going through the motions in a plot that never hooks their interest. I watched the whole movie and could care less about Michael Douglas's fugitive character. This one does not measure up to the level of The Fugitive (1993). It is definitely more on par with say, U.S. Marshals (1998). In fact, the only thing about this film that is worthy of discussion is which of its many facets was the most one-dimensional? There is a serious competition going on between: the main-character's relationship with the first lady, his feud with Keifer Sutherland's character, the secret plot to kill the President, the rookie agent played by Eva Longoria, and finally the question of which member of the Secret Service is a mole. The film's climax and subsequent resolution one finds boring, banal answers to all of those questions that they never really cared much about to begin with. The overall impact on the viewer was virtually non-existent. This movie was lighter than air. Overall, I think a 3 stars' is reasonable mark: the movie could have gone straight to the TV (as some other users say). There's not so much difference between this film and the ones you might see at home. ‘The Sentinel’ is a forgettable thriller and there is absolutely no reason to recommend it.
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