the 15:17 to paris review

When a new movie based on a true story opens, there is an inevitable debate online over whether what’s documented on screen really happened, or if it really happened in the way it’s presented. Films like Selma, Zero Dark Thirty, Dunkirk, and more get scrutinized for fear that creative license has inexorably shifted true events that may seem dramatic enough on their own.

Now, we have a case of the exact opposite, in which the events depicted on screen are almost certainly staged with accuracy because of how many of the real people are involved. Clint Eastwood, with his new film The 15:17 to Paris, has gone out of his way to recreate the foiling of a would-be terrorist attack carefully. Unfortunately, he’s done so in aggressively dull fashion.

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the 15:17 to paris trailer

There are plenty of Hollywood movies about true, astonishing, larger-than-life stories. Many of them go on to become an award-winning biopic or a crowd-pleasing family movie and Clint Eastwood would know, having directed his fair share of biographical films. And the director continues his streak of inspiring true-life films like American Sniper and Sully with his newest film, The 15:17 to Paris.

The film follows the events of the 2015 Thalys train attack, in which a gunman’s attack was foiled by several passengers on the train, three of them Americans. And in an unusual cinematic experiment, Eastwood has hired the three Americans to star as themselves in The 15:17 to Paris.

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Clint Eastwood Jessica Buchanan Project

Clint Eastwood recently added another hit to his resume with Sully. The well-received drama marks another successful collaboration between the director and the studio he calls home, Warner Bros. Pictures. Eastwood has made most of his movies at the studio, and that’s probably not changing anytime soon. Warner Bros. and the filmmaker are currently working on a film about Jessica Buchanan, an American aid worker who was kidnapped.

Below, learn more about the new Clint Eastwood project.

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sully

Clint Eastwood’s Sully has one of the most tense, nail-biting plane-landing sequences ever put to film. Based on the real-life story of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sully features Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckart as pilots flying US Airways Flight 1549 on the morning both of its engines failed shortly after takeoff. As the plane begins its descent into the Hudson River, we see diverse groups of New York civil servants galvanized into action, all of them attempting to save innocent passengers’ lives. It’s riveting and inspiring, even as we already know how this particular story will end.

Unfortunately, the rest of the film is not as compelling, featuring a few interesting ideas about the events of that day that are never fully explored. See my full video review of Sully below.
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Sully Trailer - Tom Hanks

In recent years, Tom Hanks has played a couple real life heroes. From his titular role in Captain Phillips to his turn as one hell of a lawyer in Bridge of Spies, Hanks is the perfect everyman to bring these men to life. This year he adds one more to his career in Sully, the latest drama from Clint Eastwood, based on the real life story of heroic pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who glided his plane along the Hudson River, saving the life of all those aboard.

But while everyone knows about his heroic efforts that saved everyone on board that plane, most don’t know about the pesky investigation that followed which created plenty of trouble for Sully in both his life and career. Get a taste of the aftermath of The Miracle on the Hudson in the new Sully trailer after the jump. Read More »

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sully trailer

The last few movies Clint Eastwood made based on real people didn’t turn out so well. J. EdgarThe Jersey Boys, and even his biggest hit as a filmmaker, American Sniper, are strangely cold and clinical movies. The same goes for Changeling and Invictus, but let’s hope that’s not the case with Sully, which comes out later this year and stars Tom Hanks. Below, check out the first Sully trailer to see Tom Hanks’ transformation into Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.

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Sully Shot on IMAX

Late last year, Warner Bros. set a September 9, 2016 release date for Sully, the true story about Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, a pilot who heroically landed a U.S. Airways liner in the Hudson River just off the coast of Manhattan back in 2009. So far only the above photo is what we’ve seen from the drama directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks in the title role, but some interesting new details about the movie have just surfaced.

While filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and Zack Snyder have dabbled with shooting parts of their feature films on IMAX cameras, it will be Clint Eastwood and Sully with a record amount of footage shot on the large format. In fact, almost the entire movie was made with IMAX cameras. Find out more about Sully shot on IMAX after the jump. Read More »

Bridge of Spies trailer

The Academy didn’t even think to nominate Tom Hanks for Best Actor this year, despite their overall affection for Bridge of Spies, but in the hearts of Americans he’s already secured the #1 slot. According to the new poll, Hanks is the country’s favorite movie star, beating out fellow A-listers like Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, and Jennifer Lawrence.

Which isn’t that surprising, really. Hanks is an unquestionably talented actor who does dad movies (Bridge of Spies) and kiddie fare (Toy Story), prestige dramas (Captain Phillips) and bankable franchises (Da Vinci’s Code), and even throws the occasional artsy curveball (Cloud Atlas) for good measure. On top of all that, he enjoys a sterling personal reputation — the only gossip you ever hear about Hanks is about how nice he is.

No, far more surprising is who placed #2: Johnny Depp, who hasn’t led a solid commercial hit since that last, terrible Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Read More »

Tom Hanks

Clint Eastwood is about to cast one of the best actors of all time to portray a true American hero. The director is in talks with Tom Hanks to play Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in the film version of the pilot’s heroic actions of 2009. Sully, of course, landed a crippled plane on the Hudson River saving the lives of 155 people.  Read More »

Sully Sullenberger movie

By the time his next film is in the can, Clint Eastwood will a string of four consecutive films to make a very strange biopic quartet. The films will cover the lives of men from a variety of pursuits in American and abroad: there are already movies about J. Edgar Hoover, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and sniper Chris Kyle. Now, Eastwood will profile Hudson River hero Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. Sully, the subject of a just-announced project from Eastwood, was hailed as a hero when he saved 155 lives by safely landing a crippled jet on the Hudson River. Read More »