The 15:17 to Paris
THE 15:17 TO PARIS (15)
D: Clint Eastwood
Warner Bros/Village Roadshow/Malpaso/Dune/Access (Clint Eastwood, Jessica Meier, Tim Moore & Kristina Rivera)
US 🇺🇸 2018
W: Dorothy Blyskal [based on the book "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 & Alek Skarlatos]
DP: Tom Stern
Ed: Blu Murray
Mus: Christian Jacob
Spencer Stone (Spencer), Anthony Sadler (Anthony), Alek Skarlatos (Alek), Mark Moogalian (Mark), Judy Greer (Joyce Eskel), Jenna Fischer (Heidi Skarlatos)
Following his previous films American Sniper and Sully, Clint Eastwood continues paying tribute to unsung American heroes with this true story of three U.S. military men who intervened on a train to prevent a mass shooting by a terrorist gunman.
The incident happened in 2015, and the real-life heroes star as themselves in this big screen recreation of the events.
The narrative is interspersed with the three men's upbringing, growing up together at school, before undergoing basic training when they joined the military.
I'm sure Clint Eastwood had noble intentions when he cast the three men as themselves, but the dialogue in this film does come off as rather stilted without professional actors to deliver them and the overall film suffers as a result. Perhaps, this would have worked better as a straight documentary, featuring interviews with the trio and their family, rather than this unusual cinema verite experiment from such an accomplished filmmaker.