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(2006), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 42min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 20th Century Fox, Regency Enterprises, Further Films, New Regency Pictures
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Clark Johnson
Producer(s): Bill Carraro, Michael Douglas, Marcy Drogin, Arnon Milchan
Novel: Gerald Petievich
Screenplay: George Nolfi
Cinematography/Camera: Gabriel Beristain
Music: Christophe Beck
Film Editing: Cindy Mollo
Casting: Robin D. Cook, Avy Kaufman
Production Design: Andrew McAlpine
Art Direction: Halina Gebarowicz, Rocco Matteo
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
William Montrose (Martin Donovan), high in the president's men totem pole, is forced by threats against his wife and family to assassinate President Ballentine (David Rasche). David Breckinridge (Kiefer Sutherland) of the Secret Service under legendary Pete Garrison (Michael Douglas) together learn from informant Walter Xavier (Raynor Scheine) that Ballentine has crosshairs on him. With the help of the genius of new agent Jill Marin (Eva Longoria), Breckinridge and Garrison launch an investigation. Soon the learn there is a mole within the Secret Service. Since its beginning more than 100 years ago, there has been no traitor in the Service.
As evidence mounts up, signs point to Garrison being the most likely suspect. His past is checkered with adulterous affairs, the most recent being with Breckinridge's wife leading to their divorce, causing severe friction between two professionals who were best friends for ten years. And if that were not enough to satisfy Garrison's lust for other men's wives, his current co-adulterer is the President's wife, Sarah (Kim Basinger). With his integrity heavily under question, Garrison is "forced" to take it on the lam to prove his innocence.
Now Breckinridge is in a quandary. He is ordered to stop Garrison who is smarter than any on Breckinridge's team. Is Breckinridge to believe Garrison is the would-be assassin and kill his friend for ten years to save the President? Or is he to believe Garrison is innocent of the suspicions of being the assassin even though it is now known Garrison's honor is questionable? And if Garrison is not the intended assassin, there is one on the loose.
The Sentinel is fairly much the same formula and devices with which most of us are, by now, familiar. But there is a quality to the production that actually makes it entertaining to a point. Maybe that point is the high wattage performers. Maybe it is the seamless weaving of a number of subplots. I don't know. I am not a film critic or a filmmaker. But, once that point is reached, the film becomes just like any other R-13.
Your thirteen year old child should become more versed in foul language, [Prov. 8:13, Col. 3:8] including the use of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11] if s/he watches this PG-13 film. Adultery may be seen as less of a no-no to him/her since there were no palpable consequences for the adulterers for practicing adultery in the film. That seems to be perfectly addressed by God's admonition in Prov. 30:20 and Eccl. 8:11.
Because of the heavy violence in The Sentinel, as found by the Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit, your 13 year olds (or any impressionable age, including at-home teens) may become victims of their findings:
nd aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
"Viewing violence may lead to real life violence?" How many times must we hear this and from how many sources until we believe it. How about if God said it? [1 Cor. 15:33, Prov. 16:29]
Please inspect closely the listing of observation-borne findings in the Findings/Scoring section of this report before you decide whether this caliber of entertainment is suitable for your family.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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