The Sentinel

  • 12
  • Clark Johnson (2006)
  • US
  • 103 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Disgraced Secret Service operative Michael Douglas races to foil an inside conspiracy to assassinate the US president in this slickly shot but soulless political thriller from SWAT director Clark Johnson. A tension-free hotch-potch of clich├ęs, transparent twists and plain implausibilities, this acts as though the TV drama 24 never happened. Douglas seems past his prime as the respected veteran branded a traitorous mole following a colleague's murder, although it's the scandalous reason behind his failed lie-detector test - involving limp First Lady Kim Basinger - that strains credibility the most. Thank heavens, then, for Kiefer Sutherland's top investigative agent whose bluntly confrontational approach and personal hostility to his one-time mentor Douglas add acid intensity to an otherwise routine plot. Aside from that, this In the Line of Fire-wannabe is detrimentally lacking in human emotion, with a surfeit of procedural details that just render events tediously uninvolving.

Plot Summary

Conspiracy thriller starring Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland. US Secret Service agent Pete Garrison has dedicated his life to serving his country's leaders, until a failed lie detector test makes him the number one suspect in a plot to assassinate the current occupier of the White House. Garrison is forced on the run in a race against time to clear his name, pursued by top operative David Breckinridge, who has his own score to settle.

Cast and crew


Pete Garrison
Michael Douglas (1)
David Breckinridge
Kiefer Sutherland
Jill Marin
Eva Longoria
William Montrose
Martin Donovan
The Handler
Ritchie Coster
First Lady Sarah Ballentine
Kim Basinger
National Security Adviser
Blair Brown
President John Ballentine
David Rasche
Cindy Breckinridge
Kristin Lehman
Walter Xavier
Raynor Scheine
Director Overbrook
Chuck Shamata


Clark Johnson

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 1 Sep 2006
Certificate 12