A Secret Service agent is framed as the mole in an assassination attempt on the President. He must clear his name and foil another assassination attempt while on the run from a Secret Service Protective Intelligence Division agent.
A man who has devoted himself to serving the leader of the free world is accused of plotting against him in this thriller. Pete Garrison (Michael Douglas) is a veteran Secret Service agent who has had a long and distinguished career helping protect the president of the United States. David Breckinridge (Kiefer Sutherland) is a fellow Secret Service agent who learned most of what he knows from Garrison and holds him in great respect. When intelligence data suggests that there is a mole within the Secret Service who is part of a plot to assassinate President Ballentine (David Rasche), Garrison launches an investigation to ferret out the rogue agent, and asks Breckinridge to go over the evidence with a fine-toothed comb. Breckinridge is shocked when the clues point to Garrison as the traitor within the Secret Service, but his sense of duty compels him to see that his former mentor is placed under arrest. Garrison eludes his captors and struggles to prove his innocence while tracking down...
In order to bring the interior world of the Secret Service to cinematic fruition, the producers brought in a retired Secret Service agent as an advisor. Gerald A. Cavis [Gerry Cavis], who was a recently retired USSS [US Secret Service] agent, and nationally recognized law enforcement expert, spent years protecting American Presidents, and developing law enforcement and security techniques. In his career, Cavis, who lent his expertise to every aspect of the Secret Service activities and details portrayed in the movie, had direct responsibility for overall security at such events as both the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Campaigns and Inaugurals [Inaugurations]; the NATO 50th Anniversary Summit in Washington, D.C.; and the visit of Pope John Paul II to St. Louis in Missouri, USA. Cavis had also been a primary consultant to other large events such as the G-8 Summit at Sea Island, Georgia; the Presidential Debates, and the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Cavis has been a field agent, specializing in interrogation, the polygraph program, and undercover work. In D.C., the District of Columbia in the USA, between 1994 and 1997, Cavis served on the elite Presidential Protective Division (PPD); and during President Bill Clinton's term, rose to supervise one of four teams directly responsible for the American President's safety, and was also in charge of Clinton's Second Inaugural [Inauguration]. At the time of production, Cavis was a national security specialist and educator, and brought a network of law enforcement's most sought-after professionals, such as his colleague Kevin Billings, another former USSS agent, who protected presidents and dignitaries for more than twenty years. See more »
When Pete Garrisson is being followed after sitting in the café, a pan shot of one of the followers reveals a portion of camera equipment and crew member in the reflective glass of a building. See more »
[at Charlie Merriweather's house, investigating his murder]
There's no money left in his wallet, and there's been a series of robberies here the last two months. You have some reason to think it wasn't a robbery?
Well, Agent Merriweather spent the last twenty-five years honing his ability to sense danger. To notice anything outside of the ordinary. So for some average street criminal to get the drop on him? Yeah, it raises some questions.
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There was some hesitation from my part about what this movie had to offer. For starters, the casting didn't seem right. Kiefer Sutherland had already done very well in "24" and the preview didn't seem to offer anything challenging to him or the audience. Eva Longoria appeared out of place, and the rest didn't seem very interesting.
When the film finally ended, I was not completely displeased for I had seen a decent thriller that could have been much better, had the responsible parties taken a little more care to watch for the narrative gaps and given a little more care to character development. We have seen threats of this type before, and that made the main conflict much more challenging to the writers. As an audience, we don't want to sit through the same old story again. We want to see something different, be thrilled and entertained.
There is nothing wrong with the casting. From Kim Basinger's delicious first lady. She carries herself with enough grace and sex appeal to make the part memorable. Michael Douglas has been and done that before. Unfortunately, the president is much of a non entity to even care about his fate. Sutherland rehashes his "24" tough guy approach with enough power to make it big enough for the big screen, and Eva does a passable job, as the newcomer.
Don't expect as many twists and fireworks as some of the established classics ("North by Northwest" and "The Fugitive" come to mind). Leave your expectations outside and enjoy the ride for whatever it might be. It's o.k.
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