The 15:17 To Paris [2018] ★★½

 Only a skilled filmmaker like Clint Eastwood can take real life heroes, put them in a movie, and make something out of it. I’m talking about Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos, three childhood American friends who, while vacationing in Europe in 2015, had to face a terrorist on board the 15:17 To Paris. It’s an inspiring true story, and because of that, Eastwood opted for the real heroes themselves instead of Hollywood actors. Takes guts? You bet. Eastwood tells it as it is. There is no sugarcoating or grandiose music here, only the feeling of being trapped in a real train, in real time. In between, we learn more about these friends and how they ended up in this situation. It doesn’t always seem interesting, or exciting for that matter, but Eastwood was determined to do justice to these men, and he has succeeded, even if it never reaches the heights of his previous films.

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