Sunday, 11 February 2018

THE 15:17 TO PARIS

In August 2015, an ISIS terrorist boarded train #9364 from Brussels to Paris. Armed with an AK-47 and enough ammo to kill more than 500 people, the terrorist might have succeeded except for three American friends who refused to give in to fear. Stone was a martial arts enthusiast and airman first class in the U.S. Air Force, Skarlatos was a member of the Oregon National Guard, and all three pals proved fearless as they charged and ultimately overpowered the gunman after he emerged from a bathroom armed and ready to kill.

Coming from director Clint Eastwood, this movie is very disappointing. It’s probably the worst thing he has done. The story of the heroism of these three men is to be celebrated. But the movie is boring and superficial. It doesn’t honour what these men did. The three men play themselves, and they put in a reasonable job, but they are not actors, and it does show. This movie is one time we needed some real acting. The script is the real problem — it has zero depth. And there’s no suspense. It’s a relief when the short running time comes to an end. Give it a miss.


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