The Sentinel (2006)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B

USA, 2006.  Twentieth Century Fox, Regency Enterprises, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Furthur Films, New Regency Pictures, Dune Entertainment, Major Studio Partners, Sentinel Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Michael Douglas plays a veteran Secret Service agent who once took a bullet for President Reagan. Now in the employ of the current (fictitious) leader (), he discovers a plot to kill the president that involves a mole from within his ranks. A lie detector test reveals that all agents come out clean…except Douglas himself, who is now on the run from his superior () and police officers  and  after having been named the possible assassin. Douglas has to escape their clutches and make his way to Toronto, where the president is in danger of being killed during the G8 summit. What the authorities chasing him don’t know is that he has been hiding his passionate affair with the First Lady (Kim Basinger), a fact that years earlier led to a misunderstanding with Sutherland that ended their close friendship. This mundane, by-the-numbers thriller has a workable set-up and a much better cast than it deserves. Most of the dialogue is pedestrian and the direction is completely limp: director Clark Johnson never gets an iota of tension going throughout the entire thing, the plot constantly unraveling its tangles far too easily.

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