Clint Eastwood’s latest militaristic drama, The 15:17 to Paris, is attempting to tell the truest story possible regarding an attempted terrorist attack in 2015: Eastwood is using the three actual men who thwarted the attack in lieu of actors.
This first trailer for The 15:17 to Paris (wonky title) showcases the three men – Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos – who are doing their best to sell us their own real story. It’s a strange dichotomy, the actual people trying to act out the moment, therein giving the incident a falseness. Enough rambling, check out this trailer:
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 film 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.
Much like he did with Sully, Clint Eastwood is using a moment in time that took about three minutes and framing a whole drama around it. I imagine the three heroes are dynamite in the moment of the attack; we’ll see how they hold up during the meat of the film.
The 15:17 to Paris opens February 9.