Posted by: Gregoryno6 | February 25, 2018

You won’t find Dirty Harry riding The 15:17 To Paris.

Clint Eastwood’s career has always had an adventurous streak. Against the Harry Callahan movies and the vengeful cowboy of High Plains Drifter, there’s Jersey Boys and Any Which Way But Loose. But the 15:17 to Paris is a daring exercise all the same. Clint brought in the three young Americans who subdued the gunman in 2015 to play themselves.

Spencer Stone, Anthony Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler are not professional actors and it shows. Their self-consciousness is evident, and at times they sound as if they’re improvising their conversations from memory. A risky decision that weakens the impact of the movie? Perhaps. It depends what sort of a movie Mr Eastwood was trying to make.

Safe bet that by bringing in the real life heroes, Clint was making a clear choice to not deliver another standard thriller. Or a ‘Based On True Events’ doctoring that’s loaded to the eyeballs with fake drama.

The movie actually spends very little time on the train itself. Maybe fifteen minutes in all – I wasn’t watching the clock. Preceding that the movie concerns itself with the lives of the three as schoolboys and then as young men. Spencer and Anthony attended a Christian school, so God gets more screen time than he’s had since The Passion Of The Christ. More than enough to make modern lefty Hollywood uncomfortable, I dare say.

The 15:17 To Paris is not an adrenaline rush. If you want cinema thrills on a train, go see The Commuter or pick up Source Code at the video hire. But if you are interested in The 15:17 To Paris, I recommend you rush to the cinema. If the local situation is indicative it won’t be around for long. In Perth, after only two weeks, the movie is showing on just three screens… one session a day.


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