September 23, 2023 | Rome, Italy

The Sentinel

By |2018-03-21T18:32:54+01:00January 1st, 2008|Reviews|


Date: 2006

Director: Clark Johnson

Starring: Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Basinger


t’s nice to see real adults make out. Here, albeit briefly, we get secret service agent Pete Garrison (Michael Douglas) and the presidents wife Sarah’s (Kim Basinger), a pleasant reminder that sex actually occurs between consenting adults past age 50. Sad to say, mature sighs do not a thriller make. Fiendish bad guys are trying to assassinate the president and have a mole inside the Secret Service. When Pete’s co-agent is murdered, he smells a plot and calls for help. Enter Secret Service investigator David Breckenridge (Kiefer Sutherland) a bureaucratic Jack Bauer-type who likes Pete no more than the shadowy bad guys.

Suddenly, Pete’s a suspect as lam on a vigilante quest to expose “the truth.” At this point it’s weapons drawn, mad dashes, and stilted dialogue (“I can’t believe this!”). Hand-held indolence fill in for narrative as director Clark Johnson gropes toward an incoherent climax at a G-8 meeting in Toronto. A waste of several good actors. Where’s vintage John Frankenheimer when you need him?

About the Author:

Hong Kong based David Trask is a longtime freelance movie reviewer.