Rent The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

2.6 of 5 from 229 ratings
1h 30min
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Synopsis:
On August 21, 2015, the world was transfixed by reports of a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris - on attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans, portrayed here by the actual heroes themselves. From childhood to the unlikely events leading up to the attack, director Clint Eastwood follows the interwoven lives of the three men, whose friendship becomes their greatest weapon throughout the harrowing ordeal, and whose bravery saved over 500 passengers from disaster.
Actors:
, Alek Skarlatos, , , , , , William Jennings, , , , , , , , , , Mark Moogalian, Isabelle Risacher Moogalian,
Directors:
Producers:
Clint Eastwood, Jessica Meier, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera
Writers:
Dorothy Blyskal, Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Jeffrey E. Stern
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/06/2018
Run Time:
90 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, Italian
Subtitles:
Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, Greek, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • 'The 15:17 to Paris: Portrait of Courage': Join Oscar winner Eastwood and his creative team as they reveal the aspects of the story that moved them and why they took the bold step of casting the three Americans to play themselves in the film
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/06/2018
Run Time:
94 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish, English, English Audio Description, French, German
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German Hard of Hearing, Greek, Norwegian, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • 'The 15:17 to Paris: Portrait of Courage': Join Oscar winner Eastwood and his creative team as they reveal the aspects of the story that moved them and why they took the bold step of casting the three Americans to play themselves in the film
  • 'The 15:17 to Paris: Making Every Second Count': Join Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler - the three Americans who stopped the terrorist - as they take us moment-by-moment through the real-life drama, just as they lived it

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Reviews (5) of The 15:17 to Paris

Long Winded - The 15:17 to Paris review by KW

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06/07/2018

It takes an awful length of time to get to the action, and at times I found my mind wandering as the story line did not have enough depth to sustain it until the denouement of it!

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The missing hero - The 15:17 to Paris review by JD

Spoiler Alert
12/08/2018

You would not know it from this movie, but their were FOUR hero’s . At least not until the end when they attend the Medal Ceremony with the French President when their are FOUR hero’s on the stage.

3 Americans and a Brit ( Jeffery Stern)

That’s a pity as Eastwood has made a worthy attempt to show how ordinary people can do extra- ordinary things.

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Drawn out. - The 15:17 to Paris review by RA

Spoiler Alert
25/09/2018

Only worth watching the last 20 minutes. The rest is just padding. Typical American view of events with little reference to the 4th (English) hero who took part in the action.

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Critic review

The 15:17 to Paris review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

But did you know those actors were the real people? Yes, I’ve heard all the praise of Clint Eastwood’s desire to portray the heroic foiling of a gun-toting criminal on a European train. Those very same people became angered and aggravated the film received very low ratings from critics, believing they were anti-American for not recognizing the heroism in the tale. Because, you know, those were the real guys. But when compared to the more recent tales of American heroes and the filmography of the legendary Clint Eastwood, The 15:17 to Paris doesn’t quite live up to those standards.

While I think Eastwood has missed the mark with this film, I want to commend him for at least experimenting with his filmmaking style. His other films (American Sniper, Sully) were able to explore the mindsets of his subjects to gain a deeper understanding of the journey they went through. There always felt like there was something more to these men. This is not so much the case with Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone. Being so young, they seem to be average guys of dedicated morals. They grew up in middle American neighborhood and grew up to take military positions that they fought hard to attain. Off the clock, they congregate and have fun, be it watching the game or vacationing in Europe. Rather than try to force some extra drama on their situation, Eastwood takes a Richard Linklater approach by presenting our protagonists as nothing special, elongating scenes of nothing where they tour museums or order gelato.

The truth is that these three guys, along with one British guy that is rarely mentioned, were in the right place at the right time. There’s some premonition dialogue where the characters and their parents believe their lives are leading up to some grand moment, but it makes sense what with their heavy beliefs in God. On one hand, I get it. Eastwood wants to lull us into a sense of getting to know these Americans as your average bunch of military Christian boys that are good natured and fun to have a drink with. I’m sure they are. But in trying to tell the full story of their lives, it becomes awkward and boring to watch at times. Watching these guys meander around Rome and take in a neon club in Amsterdam plays out far too long and with nothing all that entertaining. I’m not sure why the club scene had to show lots of shots of the bartender making drinks and women sliding down pulls. I’m get the idea after the first shot.

But are Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone good actors? In the right context, yes. When they’re at military school or in the fields of Afghanistan, they’re in their element. You can see the determination and commitment in their eyes. But when it comes to the more jokey scenes, which encompass 80% of their scenes, they feel awkward and out of place as Eastwood tries to force the funny. Don’t get me wrong; I’m sure these guys are a lot of fun to be around, but it doesn’t come across on screen where the non-actors appear as deer in headlights. Perhaps it wasn’t the best decision to have a cast that includes comedy naturals Thomas Lennon, Tony Hale, and Jaleel White.

Look, I understand that Eastwood has a throbbing heart for propping up these boys as American heroes, but The 15:17 to Paris doesn’t do them the right amount of justice. What could have been a stirring tale of young men thrown into a dangerous situation turns into a padded and melodramatic depiction more fitting of a TV movie than an Eastwood feature. It has all the appeal of watching American heroes on a parade float. For maybe 10 minutes, you feel a swelling pride for their heroism. But at 90 minutes, it becomes awkward watching them showcased more like prize winners than genuinely good people.

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