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The 15:17 to disaster

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I’m always a sucker for thriller movies, some of my favorites include “Taken,” “Atomic Blonde” and “The Expendables.” There’s just something I love about the way a thriller movie puts me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire film. But much to my surprise, “The 15:17 to Paris,” directed by Clint Eastwood, was very dull and had me slouching in my seat.

The movie starts out with three young boys, Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone. These three boys have a hard time fitting in and behaving at school. Eventually all three boys go their separate ways after joining the armed forces, but they still keep in contact.

The three go backpacking through Europe, and while on a train to Paris, a terrorist reveals himself to be armed with multiple guns and about 300 rounds of ammunition. All three heroes jump into action, causing Stone to be badly injured by a box cutter. They eventually subdue the terrorist preventing a devastating tragedy.

But wait, there’s more! A fourth hero by the name of Mark Moogalian struggled with the terrorist before Sadler, Skarlatos and Stone were able to get to him. Moogalian is successful in knocking an assault rifle out of the criminal’s hands, but only to be shot in the neck shortly after. Stone stays and tends to Mark until paramedics arrive, saving his life.

Now all of this happens in the last 10 minutes of the movie, which was a huge problem for me. The rest of the movie dragged on and caused me to fall asleep. There were plot elements that were included that just weren’t important to the story and seemed like filler to me. For example, a whole 15 minutes of the film was set in a club and showed the three men partying, which had no relevance to the plot at all. Instead of a thriller movie, it should’ve been labeled as a documentary, and I hate documentaries. There was simply not enough plot to make a movie.

However, on the positive side, I do like the way Eastwood had the real people as the actors in this movie. These four courageous men deserve to be recognized for what they’ve accomplished. It takes a huge amount of guts to run toward an armed terrorist full speed ahead. But with a 21 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.2/10 on IMDb, I think many people can agree “The 15:17 to Paris” wrecked before it could even leave the station.

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