The trailer of 15:17 to Paris wasn’t that exciting and did not reveal much about the story. But being a Clint Eastwood film, everyone had high expectations from it. Let’s find out whether this film delivers that or not?
Based on a true story of three American friends, who took down a terrorist on a speeding train from Amsterdam to Paris and avoided a massacre from happening. With no real actors casted for the lead roles, we have Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone playing themselves.
Clint Eastwood, the veteran director who has many good and classic films under his name, turns this headline-grabbing true story into a boring film. The theme of the story is about ordinary people showing extraordinary courage and saving people’s lives, which is nothing new to look for.
Emotionally it’s a flat film. There are no high points in the film at all. The terrorist attack event comes only in the last 10 minutes of the film. The remaining 90 minutes or so focus on how the three characters meet, many things happen in their lives and they end up together on the train to Paris. The style of direction is kind of similar to the film ‘Sully’ where the facts are kept real with no theatrics.
The 15:17 to Paris clearly shows that a single act of heroism can truly transform a life, but may not necessarily make for a transformative film.
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer, Ray Corasani
Duration: 94 minutes