What??? Michael Douglas is one of the film's producers? How could someone so acclaimed at being as good a businessman as an actor, have allowed themselves to be associated with such an unmitigated piece of crap like "THE SENTINEL"??? Yes, it's really that awful!!! Sure, the trailer suggests a potentially great thriller, but one wishes in oh so many ways, the trailer had been the actual film! First of all, one would have saved 106 minutes of their life to do something better than struggling through this!!!
The ridiculous plot centers around a plot to assassinate the President of the UNITED STATES, with a prime suspect being a Secret Service Agent(DOUGLAS). Of course, the viewer knows he's innocent, but that doesn't add any suspense or wit as to what is to follow, very slowly, as another agent(Kiefer Sutherland)persues Douglas and the truth. The fact that Douglas had been having an affair with the President's wife,(KIM BASINGER) does absolutely nothing to add depth to the stupid plot. It only demonstrates that the script is less original than an old episode of "DYNASTY" and not even close to as tolerable to sit through.
The film is so poorly executed on every level imaginable, it deserves to be listed within the top 100 worst films of all time. It's the kind of film that should prevent its director, Clark Johnson, from "ever" receiving a studio film assignment again. The film's producers "must have" done something horrible in another life, to be punished with this on their resume.
FOX has provided a disappointing transfer. The 1080p/MPEG-2 image has the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio, but the color timing appears way off! Detail is there in every instance, but the contrast is bizarre in scene after scene, with none achieving the anticipated three-dimensional-like depth of previously available superior FOX blu-ray releases. A staff intern did note that the film's theatrical presentation looked awful as well. The transfer is so "non-life-like" it's migraine-inducing at times.
FOX has provided a DTS HD-Lossless 5.1 mix. It's a decent mix, but not aggressive. There are numerous segments wherein the bass and discrete effects come into prominence with some impact, but the film's pacing is so sluggish, even a more fired up mix couldn't liven the film much. Surrounds are effective in a few key instances, especially in a car chase, but for the most part, this is a front-heavy mix. Dialogue is always intelligible.
All of the extras found on the standard dvd have been carried over, but the video segments are now in 1080p, offering greater improvement. Feaurettes, deleted scenes and commentary with the film's director and writer, only remind one of how many potentially impressive indie-films could've been made for what was spent here!