Based on the novel of the same name by Gerald Petievich, THE SENTINEL offers a rare look at the world of the Secret Service and questions what would happen if an insider were involved in a plot to kill the President of the United States. Agent Pete Garrison (Michael Douglas) has earned his stripes and is a fixture in the Secret Service. In 1981, he took a bullet during the assassination attempt on President Reagan. More than twenty years later, he is an essential element in the first line of defence for current first lady Sarah Ballentine (Kim Basinger). But Garrison has some secrets--secrets that could end his career if they were discovered. When a plot to assassinate President John Ballentine (David Rasche) is suspected, Garrison finds himself the primary suspect. Heading the investigation is Agent David Breckenridge (Kiefer Sutherland), who is convinced that Garrison--his former best friend and mentor--slept with his wife. With the help of rookie agent Jill Marin (Eva Longoria), who was trained by Garrison, Breckenridge is determined to crack the case and keep the president safe--even if it means taking Garrison down. When accused of treason, Garrison leads Breckenridge and the other agents on a wild chase and the truth becomes more and more twisted. Is Garrison running in order to escape, or is he trying to prove his innocence while protecting his secrets? Can Breckenridge put aside his old grudge and make decisions based strictly on the evidence presented? Will Marin's allegiance remain with her new supervisor, or with Garrison, the field instructor who recommended her for her new assignment? Most important, can the agents uncover the truth before more of their colleagues--and the president--die? Directed by Clark Johnson (S.W.A.T.), who appears as Agent Charlie Merriweather, the film also features Martin Donovan, Ritchie Coster and Blair Brown.
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Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland star in this tense political thriller about a hunt for a traitor within America’s Secret Service.
Since its creation by Abraham Lincoln in 1865, the Secret Service has been tasked with defending the President of the United States and other leading public officials. Largely recruited from the top of their game in the CIA, FBI, Police or the military; Secret Service agents are trained to put their lives on the line to protect their subject and are the only government agency which draw their weapons with the intention of shooting people dead – all other law enforcement agencies are trained to draw their weapons to allow them to ask questions before opening fire. This is the most powerful agency in the United States that answers only to the President.
Due to the rigorous testing involved in becoming a Secret Service agent, there has never been a case of a traitor in the Secret Service; at least, until now.
Michael Douglas stars as Peter Garrison, a veteran Secret Service agent who has looked after numerous Presidents dating back to Reagan in 1980. In his current assignment, Garrison is tasked with defending the First Lady from attack. He is good at his job….too good in fact, as unforunately Garrison has fallen in love with his subject and the two of them are having a secret extra marital affair.
24 legend Kiefer Sutherland stars as Agent David Breckinridge, a dedicated investigative agent who tracks down on threats to the President’s life. He used to be friends with Garrison until he accused Garrison of having an affair with his wife. There has been tension between the two ever since.
When an old informant from his investigative days contacts Agent Garrison and reveals a plot to assassinate the President of the United States originating within the Secret Service; Garrison returns to the office and Agent Breckinridge is brought in to investigate the threat. Lie Detector tests are ordered for all personnel and it is not long before Garrison finds himself at the centre of the Breckinridge’s investigation. Unable to convince his old friend of his innocence, Garrison goes on the run to find the traitor himself; but with the Secret Service closing in, will he have enough time to prove his innocence and save the President’s life?
Both Kiefer Sutherland and Michael Douglas do the business in this film from actor / director Clark Johnson (SWAT); sharing the screen as dual leads for the very first time. A cross between 24 and The Fugitive, this is a tense thriller following Douglas’ race against time as he tries to prove his innocence before it is too late. Kiefer Sutherland shines as usual, pretty much reprising his Jack Baur persona for his role – but that’s cool, ‘cos Jack’s great.
Overall a really interesting and compelling thriller – edge of your seat stuff. Add to your list now!
A very good thriller about a conspiracy to assassinate the American president. The plot twists and turns and the actors are well matched to their characters. The whole thing hangs together well and there is sufficient action to keep you interested. The story line is plausible and the script well written with little or no swearing. All in all a good evenings entertainment.