Big question: A Secret Service agent (Michael Douglas) insists he was framed for plotting to assassinate the president; his colleague (Kiefer Sutherland) is hot on his tail. Does Jack Bauer--er, Sutherland--ever have a relaxing night in?
Skip it: A generic conspiracy thriller that struggles to qualify as average, "The Sentinel" has no forward momentum to keep you chasing after its predictable plotting. You'll be on the edge of your seat only if you doze off.
Catch it if: You think shooting someone in the shoulder seems like a good way to keep him from running.
Bottom line: The cast, including Eva Longoria as rookie-agent eye candy and Kim Basinger as an improbably hot first lady, seems as uninterested in "The Sentinel" as you will be. You've seen this movie a million times; no need to make it a million and one.
Bonus: Test your investigative skills by trying to identify any character's motivation for assassinating the president. We seem to have missed it.
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