The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Film review by: Witney Seibold

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            It was hard for me to watch ClarkS.W.A.T.Johnson’s The Sentinel without thinking of 24 the entire time; they are both political terrorist thrillers, they both star Kiefer Sutherland as a hard-nosed, no-nonsense special agent, both feature wrongful accusations, cover-ups, and people committing small crimes that make them seem guilty of the larger one. The main difference between the two is that an average episode of 24, however implausible (how can CTU agents drive from Van Nuys to Malibu in under 15 minutes?), is more solidly written than the entirely of The Sentinel which is oddly edited, and features incompetent storytelling and gaping, obvious plot holes.

 

            Michel Douglas plays a secret service agent who took one of Reagan’s bullets back in the day, but hasn’t been promoted since. Sutherland plays a secret service investigator who was cuckolded by Douglas a few years ago. Douglas is now having an affair with the first lady (Kim Basinger), in what is probably the world’s most difficult love affair to have. The president is played by David Rasche, better known to ‘80s kids as Sledge Hammer! Sutherland uncovers a plot to kill the president thanks to the help of a comely rookie (Maxim cover model Eva Longoria), and Douglas’ own frumpy informant (Raynor Scheine). Douglas goes on the run, and eventually find out who the real plotters might be, and who might be the mole within the secret service.

 

            Most of the first hour of The Sentinel is devoted to incriminating Douglas, and then him running around trying to clear himself under the nose of Sutherland. The only problem is he doesn’t uncover much of anything, despite all his sneaking and clever computer hacking skills. It’s not until he (almost) randomly follows a car one night that he find out something of significance. Then, how does Sutherland find him? How did that assassin guy know to be in that place at that time? If that one guy was the mole, why wasn’t he doing his job? Who was that lady at the beginning? Was that Sutherland’s wife? And, most obnoxiously, what were those noisy flashy montages all about? Were they to imply that there are constant threats to the President? I… guess.

 

            I guess in the end, it’s not worth it. The film isn’t interesting enough to gloss over these holes, and the conclusion is not at all interesting.

 -April 21st, 20th Century Fox

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