The 15:17 to Paris

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In the face of fear ordinary people can do the extraordinary

The three US soldiers who thwarted a terrorist plot aboard a Paris-bound train in 2015 play themselves in this Clint Eastwood thriller.

The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from childhood struggles through to finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.

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Written by

  • Dorothy Blyskal
  • (based on the autobiography 'The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes' by Jeffrey E. Stern, Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos)

Drama, True Story & Biography

94mins

Rating: M Violence

USA

Empire (UK)

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Although the terrorist attack is effectively staged, The 15:17 To Paris fails to spin a remarkable film out of a remarkable act of heroism.

Rolling Stone

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Eastwood terrorist thriller casts three American heroes to play themselves. They had never acted before and as far as I'm concerned their record is clean, leaving the gripping, complex movie that might have been frustratingly out of reach.

Los Angeles Times

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A single act of heroism can truly transform a life, but that action does not necessarily make for a transformative motion picture.

The Guardian (UK)

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A strangely boring, dramatically inert film in which the main characters remain as opaque and unreadable as sphinxes to the very last.

TimeOut (New York)

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The profanity-free squareness is close to excruciating: You won't believe how boring it is partying with real-life heroes.

Hollywood Reporter

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Mostly comprised of banal, drama-free, quotidian scenes that merely reinforce the men's status as regular Joes who, one day, had the opportunity for greatness thrust upon them.

Variety (USA)

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The film keeps telling us that what happened aboard that train was the fulfillment of something, but neither the event nor the three actors re-enacting it seem completely real. They seem like pieces of reality trapped in a movie.

New York Times

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A certain blunt power is guaranteed by the facts of the story, and Mr. Eastwood doesn't obviously try for anything more than that. But his workmanlike absorption in the task at hand is precisely what makes this movie fascinating as well as moving.

The 15:17 to Paris

Very slow and uninteresting lead up to climax which never really came. Boring and not what was expected from an Eastwood directed film.