Clint Eastwood’s casting gamble pays off in The 15:17 to Paris – Movie Review


In “The 15:17 to Paris”  director and producer Clint Eastwood takes a big gamble. Not only does Eastwood  cast the heroic trio to play themselves in the film, he also restaged  the fateful attack on the same French train line, where in August 21st , 2015 three brave Americans prevented terroist Ayoub  who was armed with a AK-47 and said to have between 250-300 rounds of ammunition, pistols and knives. EL-Khazzani  was ready to massacre innocent lives on board  Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris.

In the movie we see as the childhood friends  Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler ( who play themselves)  believe that it was God’s plan to be on the train heading to Paris. In a ironic twist  to be at the right place and at the right time luckily for the 500 passengers on board the train that fateful day. Sure, the real life heroes can’t act but that what connects us with them. They are normal people telling us their story. The film takes us back to the beginning where the trio first  met  and became best friends. The film shares the life of the rowdy boys, their mistakes, and what the trio believes  was all part of God’s master plan to be used as vessels that day.



About the Movie

In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe.  “The 15:17 to Paris” follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack.  Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board. The heroic trio is comprised of Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone, who play themselves in the film.


The 15:17 to Paris hits theaters on Friday, February 9th, 2018. And bring tissues!

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