Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Sentinel (2006) [PG-13] ***

Pete Garrison (Michael Douglas) is a senior Secret Service agent assigned to protect First Lady Sarah Ballentine (Kim Basinger). He's committed the unpardonable sin of falling in love with her, and their affair has been discovered and is being used to frame Pete as a Secret Service mole planning an assassination of the President, thus taking the heat off the real mole. Kiefer Sutherland plays David Breckinridge, the agent running the internal investigation who has decided Garrison is the mole, and Eva Longoria plays Jill Marin, a rookie agent who has her doubts about Garrison's guilt. Garrison escapes from arrest and finds himself on the run, trying to clear himself, identify the real mole and his team of assassins, and stop another assassination attempt, while evading the Secret Service and the FBI.

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    
Internet MovieDatabase    
Metacritic 48/100   
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=50, viewers=62)     

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