Movie Review: 15:17 to Paris stumbles because of Clint Eastwood

*This is an FTR classic movie review. The post was published and imported after the original release of the movie.*

“These are soldiers. Not actors”

That is a reminder you should tell yourself about 15:17 to Paris. A film directed by Clint Eastwood that had the best intentions of telling the story of three heroes stopping a terrorist attack taking place on a train to France.

You see, the film actually stars Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler. The three responsible for saving lives on that August day in 2015. While this is a neat concept, the trio doesn’t (and can’t be expected to) portray this story in a big hollywood production. Eastwood’s style doesn’t help. We have “dead air” for some scenes. Others are out of place. We’ve got the wonderful Judy Greer and Jenna Fischer playing the mothers of these soldiers, even though they’re like five minutes older.

The film does have an exciting finish, even though it’s entirely too short. And on a personal note, I see myself in these three guys. A lot of veterans do.

But in a world of $15 movie tickets, you should hold off on this one. Being kind to our bravest in each of our communities is a better way to honor them.

I’m not going to grade this one. I’m also not going to recommend it. But I’m happy the film exists as a recording of this trio’s bravery.

The 15:17 to Paris

GRADE: NA

Running Time: 1 hour 34 minutes

Rated: PG 13

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