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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