15:17 to Paris captures real emotions

February 20, 2018

There is a uniqueness to the 15:17 to Paris film and it is that the three friends in the movie are portrayed by the actual survivors from the August 2015 train attack. 



Spencer Stone as himself in 15:17 to Paris, based off the actual train attack in August 2015.

The survivors are Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler. The survivors’ mothers however, are well known actresses Jenna Fischer and Judy Greer.

The beginning of the film revolves primarily around young and mischievous Alek and Spencer who attend a Christian school together and wind up meeting Anthony. 

Both Skarlatos and Stone’s mothers seem to constantly be in the principal’s office due to the two-kids’ behavior. 

As the movie progresses, so do the lives of Skarlatos, Stone and Sadler.From the middle of the movie to the end, they are all adults.

If you want to break down the different types of narrative elements used in the film, especially in the beginning, Eastwood masters the use of prolepsis (flash forwarding). 

This is an outstanding way to draw the viewer’s attention when watching a film because it adds more symbolism regarding how their lives are being shaped.

The music picked for the movie was fitting. One of the songs was the Imagine Dragons’ hit “Believer.” There is also a somber guitar playing as the movie goes into the end credits.

I was keeping in mind, “What would a movie be without music?” A possible, exasperating monologue with very little life brought to it.  

If you’re a movie addict and you happen to like action films and/or Clint Eastwood, be warned. 
When you watch the film, you’ll notice it’s not your typical film that screams nonstop action like his other movies that he’s starred in or directed.

The point of the film is obviously showing Eastwood’s attempt to honor the survivors and pay homage to them for their true heroism by stopping terrorist Ayoub El Khazzani and saving passengers upon a train traveling at around 186 miles per hour from Amsterdam to Paris.

As the movie ends, don’t feel bad if you start to get just a bit choked up as I personally did. 

Also, as previously mentioned in my last article about “LA to Vegas,” don’t always believe the reviews and ratings given by certain websites and critics. The best way to review a movie you want to see is to go to the movie yourself and form your own opinion.

 It’s just like someone persuading you that something that you’ve never tried is or isn’t good. It just doesn’t always work like that.

Let this movie, and any movie you watch, play with your emotions. Your emotions are a big part of how good or bad the movie really is.

 Also take into consideration the quality of acting and how much action and dialogue is used, it’s all extremely imperative. That being said, I still highly recommend this movie, even with its very few flaws.


If this is Clint Eastwood’s worst, or one of, it still manages to give a good message that will leave an audience satisfied. Kudos to you Mr. Eastwood on a great movie. 

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