Movie review: “15:17 to Paris”

Katie Berry, Reporter

On a vacation trip around Europe, three close friends contemplate going to Paris. After evaluating the opinions of other travelers they come across, they decide to go. In the midst of their transport to Paris, an unknown male boards the train with intentions to kill innocent people. Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler join together to take down the terrorist.

“15:17 to Paris” was directed by Hollywood director, Clint Eastwood, who is known for producing really good movies, such as: “Million Dollar Baby,” “American Sniper” and “Sully.” The movie was based off of a true story, and Eastwood produced it off of “The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Soldiers,” an autobiography written by Jeffrey E. Stern and the heroes from the 2015 attack, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler. Eastwood decided to cast the three to give more truth to the story. Even though the movie is based off of the hijacking, the scene when the train is hijacked only ran for about two minutes. The majority of the movie just provided background information and childhood flashbacks from the three protagonists, which I thought was a little unnecessary because it didn’t fit the storyline very well. To add, the movie provided cut scenes from the hijack, which I thought was a little unorganized.

Moreover, the movie was a little overrated. Out of five stars, I would rate it a three because the action and suspense didn’t unfold until the hijacking scene at the end; I felt that it could have been better if they built up the suspense to the attack on the train. It would have also been better if they spent a little less time on some of the unnecessary background information of the characters. I would recommend this movie if, and only if, you enjoy movies based on true events. If you think that the movie will be suspenseful or really dramatic, it’s unpromising, and doesn’t really provide the story that it should have in the correct manner.