The Sentinel Reviews
Saw it again! The movie is very good and it's very fun and the action scenes are very well done, this movie reminded me of the TV series 24. The acting was surprisingly good. Nice solid cast. Very recommended.
Pete Garrison is a Secret Service Agent. Another agent wanted to talk to him but could at the time. Later the man is killed. One of Pete's informants tells him that there's a plot to kill the President and whoever is going to do it controls someone in the Secret Service. He believes it is this information that the other agent wanted to talk to Pete about. So an investigation is ordered and another agent, David Breckenridge, Pete's protégé is placed in charged. All agents are subjected to lie detector tests and Garrison fails but not because he's the one, but because he's been having an affair with the First Lady. Later more evidence is unearthed that incriminates Garrison even further which he says was planted. Breckenridge refuses to believe him because of some personal issues they have. So Garrison escapes and tries to find his informant, who's disappeared.
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 relentless FBI agent.
Aging actor Michael Douglas stars in "The Sentinel" (as in sentry or guard, not newspaper) as a Secret Service Agent in a film that revolves around a plot to assassinate the sitting President. Yes, Clint Eastwood walked in similar shoes in 1993's "In the Line of Fire", and with more satisfying results. Nonetheless "The Sentinel" is not just a derivative of Eastwood's film, but a whole slew of political thrillers shot in the Washington D.C. area. Douglas' film, though, does one better. "The Sentinel" is an overcomplicated thriller that deals not only with an assassination plot but with double-crossing, treason, White House infidelity, a tattered relationship between longtime friends, a rookie's first time out, as well as any number of twists that would likely give something away. "The Sentinel" has so many different plot lines on its plate at any given time it's amazing it didn't lose focus more often than it did. Even though "The Sentinel" was engaging, and occasionally puzzling, given the current political climate, and the precariousness of world events, a much more interesting and complex film about an assassination plot could have been made.