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(2006), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 42min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
April 24, 2006
43 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2006), PG-13 [R-13*] -- "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence."

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:

  • Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.

  • Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.

  • Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.

  • Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent a
    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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  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Prov. 30:20 "This is the way of an adulteress: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.'" [Though this verse uses "adulteress" to make its point, the heart of the matter is the arrogance of "What's the big deal!" defense of sexual immorality or any other wrong-doings.]
  • Eccl. 8:11 When the sentence for a crime [which includes violation of His Word] is not quickly carried out [when there are overly delayed or no consequences], the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong [more].
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. ["A violent man" can be a man (or woman) OR the behavior on the screen, too. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. And see 1 Cor. 15:33.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. I suspect "offend" includes sexually abusing the little ones. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    The Sentinel (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • file footage of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan
  • massive weaponry, repeatedly
  • long contact with murder victim plus additional shots of it and others
  • extortion
  • firearms for offense
  • multiple attempts to murder
  • assault
  • petty theft
  • breaking and entering
  • grand theft - auto
  • gunfire to maim
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • defensive killing by gunfire
  • extortion to kill with family as leverage
  • plan to assassinate the President throughout
  • massive firearms to control
  • multiple gunfire killings
  • hostage as shield

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 17 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • rude gesture
  • lies

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • rude stare
  • sexual innuendo
  • co-stripping for sex

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • photo of booze
  • drug deal
  • abuse of prescription drugs
  • booze

    Offense to God (O)
  • seven uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and three without
  • adulterous making out
  • adulterous kiss
  • adulterous meeting
  • talk of adulterous affair, repeatedly
  • adulterous talk

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • gunfire murder, three times, some graphic
  • multiple murder by missile

  • 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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