Watson Reviews: The 15:17 to Paris

Looking to capture the spirit of Audie Murphy, the WW2 hero who went from military glory to the big screen, Clint Eastwood (American Sniper) cast the three brave Americans who thwarted a terrorist attack on a train bound for Paris…which left at 15:17. Murphy made 50 films over three decades. Could this trio start something under one of America’s great directors?

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Like I said. Three brave guys stopped a terrorist attack on a train in Europe. That amazing event last mere minutes so East Wood fills out the balance of the 1:30 run time showing how the three grew up and became friends.

Their lives are pretty ordinary so other than the cool moments they stop the bad guys, this movie is pretty much like your co-worker telling you about his weekend.

WHAT WORKED:

  • Urkel got some work. We were all worried about him. That’s about it.

WHAT DIDN’T WORK:

  • Boys these guys can’t act. These guys did an amazingly brave thing. They have my respect. But they are not actors and it was at times painful to watch. Of the three, only Anthony Sadler approaches a decent performance. He had a couple of lines that made me chuckle but otherwise, nada…
  • Boy this script sucks.  As bad as the cast was, you could have put Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Chadwick Boseman as the leads and it wouldn’t have made a difference.
  • Clint Eastwood has made a career of telling kids to get off his lawn.  I don’t see the point of the A.D.D. scene at the very beginning where Eastwood brought on Jenna Fisher (The Office) and Judy Greer (Archer) here just to wedge in some weird points about overmedicating kids and single parenting. The way he uses that pair is just bizarre.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Eastwood is a talented director. I generally enjoy his films, even when I have to ignore some of the politics he sprinkles in. But his skill can’t cover for the choices he made with the script and the actors. This movie is dreadfully amateur.

Overall, I give The 15:17 to Paris 3Can We Get Some Actors…and a Screenwriter While We Are At Its? out of 10.

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