The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Clark Johnson (2006)

12A Certificate


Our Score
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 clichés, 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.


A secret service agent is convinced a member of a neo-Nazi militant group has infiltrated the White House. But his attempt to investigate comes to a halt when he is framed for murder and blackmailed over his affair with the president's wife. As he battles to clear his name, his former protege is given the task of bringing him to justice. Spy thriller, starring Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland, Eva Longoria and Kim Basinger. Including FYI Daily.

Cast & 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
Director Clark Johnson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Sep 2006