Wednesday, February 28, 2018


The 15:17 to Paris is directed by Clint Eastwood and tells the true story of three Americans that discover a terrorist plot aboard a train while in France. I believe that Clint Eastwood had the best intentions with this movie, he did decide to use the real-life heroes and if this were a documentary maybe it would have worked better.  Having them in a movie that was released in theaters was not such a good idea.  The biggest problem here is an extremely boring story. The actual event on the train is very brief and so Eastwood has chosen to cover the character's lives all the way back to elementary school. Then we get to see there training in the different branches they have chosen and all this helps us understand what formed them into the people on that train. I understood why the decision was made to show us all that. It is all done in such a dull way that I felt the emotional weight wasn't there.    This is one of Eastwood's shortest films it feels like they were struggling to know what to do with the story. There is a five minute Skype conversation with these guys are planning this vacation. The vacation itself is the most boring part of the movie and if it had been any longer I would have fallen asleep. One of the guys for whatever reason feels the need to take a selfie every time he took a step it seemed.     The acting is also not good and I am not going to blame the guys they are not classically trained actors. I do blame Clint Eastwood because the children at the beginning of this movie also do not give good performances.  The actual event on the train I do feel had some tense moments. Overall I felt that these guys deserved a lot better.  1 out of 5 stars for The 15:17 to Paris. I hope you enjoyed my review.

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