Movie Review | “The 15:17 to Paris”

By Bob Palmer
Jimplecute Editor

parisYou can’t say no one has done it before. Still, Director Clint Eastwood showed some guts (no surprise) to cast three American heroes to play themselves in the true story, “15:17 to Paris.

Alek SkarlatosAnthony SadlerSpencer Stone, three pals on a backpacking trip through Europe, thwart a terrorist attempt to seize the bullet train from Amsterdam to Paris.

Skarlatos is on leave from duty with his Army National Guard unit in Afghanistan. Stone is in the US Air Force. Sadler is taking a break from college.

The story includes much more than a few heat beats of terror and courage aboard a train travelling 350 miles per hour. We see how they meet in middle school, their ADD fueled problems with authority and the fun they had playing soldier.

God finds His way into the story line along with prayer and faith.

Eastwood does a good job of providing glorious European backdrops for much of the show, perhaps drawing attention away from some of the acting.

In many ways, “15:17 to Paris” reminds me of “To Hell and Back,” the Audie Murphy auto-pic where Murphy, the most decorated GI of World War II, plays himself. People did not line up to see Murphy act. They came to see the hero and hear his story, if you will, from his own mouth.

I suspect the same will be true with “15:17.”

Rotten Tomatoes gave the flick a stingy 23%. No matter what you think of the acting, which honestly is not that bad, the movie has merit. One might suspect a prejudice by some reviewers against American servicemen, faith in God and courage under fire.

“15:17 to Paris” is not a great movie, but it is a great story.

The movie is showing at the Marshall Cinema.

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