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The Sentinel Reviews

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Apeneck F

Super Reviewer

April 29, 2013
"In its 100 plus years of existence no Secret Service guy has ever been a traitor ... ! " or something like that, and therein the entire plot synopsis (in less than 25 words, baby!!!) and you probably can guess the rest of this, er, "thriller". The cast does its best, I guess, but you might not think so.
TheDudeLebowski65
TheDudeLebowski65

Super Reviewer

May 3, 2012
The Sentinel is a good action film that has a decent cast. This film is good entertainment, but it could have been much better. The film certainly is good entertainment, but at times it lingers and it just becomes good. The film starts off great, leaves you on the edge of your seat, but somewhere near the middle part, it just becomes a good film, and its potential is wasted a bit. I think that The Sentinel could have been a great action thriller. However the film is just good, and never becomes anything beyond that. After a while it loses its great qualities and simply becomes a good flick. The script could have been reworked a few times to really make this one stand out. The performances make the film work, but there's something missing to really make this one stand out. Overall The Sentinel is a good film, one that could have been great; but due to script limitations, its true potential is unrealized. Thus The Sentinel becomes another in a series of popcorn action thrillers that could have actually been better than what they turned out to be. If you want a good thriller then this is a must see for a mindless evening of entertainment, just don't expect anything great like I did, or else you'll be disappointed. The Sentinel is good, but like I previously stated could have been a lot better than what it turned out to be. However this is a good flick to watch nonetheless even if it's never anything beyond good.
MANUGINO
MANUGINO

Super Reviewer

February 3, 2010
In 141 years, there's never been a traitor in the Secret Service.... Until Now.

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.
BEACHBUNNI
BEACHBUNNI

Super Reviewer

April 4, 2011
Twenty years have passed since Secret Service agent Pete Garrison (Michael Douglas) saved a Presidents life, as a conspiracy unfolds within the White House, he realises he might have to do the same again but this time there's evidence that he's behind the plot
Anthony L

Super Reviewer

October 15, 2010
The Sentinel has more holes in it than a slice of Swiss cheese. That and the fact that I guessed 'who dunnit' (or who was gonna do it) fairly quickly should have been reason enough not to like it but, as it happens, I didn't find it that bad at all. A fun popcorn thriller that's easy to watch.
garyX
garyX

Super Reviewer

March 17, 2007
When a conspiracy to assassinate the president is uncovered and seems to implicate veteran agent Michael Douglas, he is forced to discover the true culprit while on the run from his former colleagues. Yet another in a long line of generic Hollywood conspiracy thrillers, The Sentinel basically plays out like Jack Bauer and son tracking down "terrorists" whose reasons for murdering the president clearly aren't worth explaining. I'm not the biggest fan of Douglas but he is experienced enough to be able to do this kind of thing whilst standing on his head and Sutherland is doing what he does best; in fact, for the second half when Kiefer is let off the leash to get 24 on his ass, it's actually pretty entertaining. Being a Hollywood thriller, it is also blatantly obvious who the traitor is pretty much as soon as he appears on the screen and Eva Longoria has little to do but run around with a gun looking hot but as a whole it is hardly inspiring, but didn't feel like a colossal waste of time either. Decent popcorn entertainment.
LorenzoVonMatterhorn
LorenzoVonMatterhorn

Super Reviewer

June 19, 2009
"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.

REVIEW
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.
Jens S

Super Reviewer

June 14, 2006
Pretty decent thriller about a plot to kill the American president (played by David "Sledgehammer" Rasche, now if that isn't funny enough). While it adds not much new to the genre, uses ideas from movies like "In the Line of Fire" or "The Fugitive" it is still pretty well done and combines a cast of good names. Kiefer Sutherland doesn't have more to do than channel Jack Bauer really and Michael Douglas is the innocent man on the run. That's entertaining, sometimes a bit rushed, sometimes not entirely believable and the ending isn't exactly a big shocker either, but never boring. There are worse ways to spend 100 minutes. Fans of the genre or the actors should be satisfied enough.
thmtsang
thmtsang

Super Reviewer

July 14, 2007
Excellent thriller about a secret service agent (Michael Douglas) who is framed for a plot to kill the president. New role for Eva. Kiefer is gorgeous.
Cassandra M

Super Reviewer

October 14, 2008
It's been 19 years since Gordon Gekko used "Wall Street" to let us know that greed is good. Now, Michael Douglas takes the GG persona and morphs it into a Secret Service agent, Pete Garrison. Guess what? It works! This is a solid political thriller that kept me guessing. The detail work in showing the security precautions taken by the SS on behalf of the President and First Lady was likewise intriguing. All the leads were pretty good but, try as I might, I could not accept Eva Longoria as a Secret Service agent. Whereas Jodie Foster just made you suspend belief and really think she was FBI agent Starling in "Silence of the Lambs", you do not get the same feeling with Longoria. Nevertheless, this is a fun film, escapist entertainment with the Beltway as the backdrop.
Red L

Super Reviewer

February 12, 2008
Michael Douglas is a CIA agent who gets set up by one of his fellow agents. I saw it for the second time today and I maintain that if that is the best the CIA can do, the USA is in big trouble. But it was an exciting movie.
Al S

Super Reviewer

August 26, 2006
An explosive, riveting and gripping hold on to your seat, pulse-pounding full-throttle thriller. It packs a full clip of non-stop action and searing suspense at every corner. Michael Douglas and Kiefier Sutherland have never been better. These roles well fit for them seperating Douglas from Gordan Gecho and Surtherland from Jack Baur. You wont know what hit you until the end of this great film. This proves thrillers can still be intelligent and character driven. Smart and well-crafted action sequences. It's The Fugitive meets In the Line of Fire.
Dean !

Super Reviewer

March 3, 2007
Not as good as I hoped it would be, but still entertaining.
Roy G

Super Reviewer

March 3, 2007
I worry about the U.S. Secret Service, if The Sentinel is any indicator of its collective ability.
deano
deano

Super Reviewer

August 27, 2006
Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland and sexy Eva Longoria are cool secret service agents as a truthful team-up in this thriller and investigate for a mole in the US Secret Service.
Mark E

Super Reviewer

June 30, 2006
24 crossed with the fugitive..best film michael douglas's done for a while..
Jose Z

Super Reviewer

August 27, 2006
I like this movie, great cast. Movie full of action, it keeps you on the edge of ur seat for hour an a half. It is like a two hour special of 24, and thats why its so good
Emily A

Super Reviewer

July 14, 2006
There was nothing very special about this movie. Not that there was anything wrong with it, but it's just like every other spy movie and there was nothing that made this one stand out. It's like celery as a flavour. Or Canadian identity. It's there, but it's not too noteworthy.
Jon L

Super Reviewer

June 21, 2006
It is a really simple well done film that is fun as well as thought provoking.
StonedMagician99
StonedMagician99

Super Reviewer

January 26, 2011
You've seen the vast majority of this movie before, even if you haven't. The cliched and mundane plot does the film no favors, and the acting is surprisingly weak considering the cast.
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