Costumes and sets are realistic, but screenplay and direction are just mediocre. The real problem, however, is casting. Michael Douglas is just not credible in this role. Born in 1944, Douglas was sixty-one when The Sentinel was filmed, and he is too old to play either a Secret Service field agent or the first lady's lover. Furthermore, if you enjoyed Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepherd in The American President, you'll find it somewhat incongruous to see him running around Washington D.C., guns blazing, as a Secret Service agent. If you are looking for a political conspiracy action thriller, something to get your adrenalin pumping, I can recommend Shooter, Spartan and State of Play, but not The Sentinel.
Labels: action, crime, thriller
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