Sentinel, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2 1/2

Cast: Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland, Eva Longoria, Martin Donovan, and Kim Basinger. Written by George Nolfi. Directed by Clark Johnson.

When a colleague is murdered, Secret Service agent Pete Garrison is put in charge of the investigation. But Garrison himself becomes a suspect after he is blackmailed by someone who knows of his affair with the first lady. Stripped of his duties and now a fugitive, Garrison races to prove his innocence and save the President's life. (Think Eastwoods In The Line of Fire coupled with TVs 24.)

During the viewing, its easy to get caught up in this tense action drama. Its not until you drive home that the demanded suspension of disbelief begins gnawing at your intellect. Despite the professional performances and stylish direction, it fails to rise above the standard cat and mouse thriller due to clumsy dialogue and ludicrous plot. It is, however, nice to see Michael Douglas back after a three-year hiatus (he looks more like his dad every year).

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
20th Century Fox

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: One brief crude sexual comment.

Obscene Language: Four minor expletives (damns & hells) and two harsher obscenities (the s-word).

Profanity: Ten or more misuses of Gods and Jesus names.

Violence: Several people are seen shot at close range; the film opens with a replaying of the attempt on President Reagans life. Blood: A man shot at point blank range lies dying in a pool of his own blood.

Sex: It is implied that the lead (a secret service agent) is having an affair with the First Lady. There is a scene including sensuality.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: One obscene gesture.

Drugs: Some drinking in one scene.

Other: None

Running Time: 110 minutes
Intended Audience: Mature teens and Adults

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