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