By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
At 88-years old, Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood
is still at the top of his game and making movies his way like his latest “The 15:17 to Paris.”
The terrorism thriller tells the true story of Sacramento, California
childhood friends Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos
who while vacationing in Europe thwarted a terrorist attack aboard a train to Paris.
Much has been made about Eastwood casting Stone, Sadler and Skarlatos in the movie rather than veteran actors. However, for their first outing, these guys aren’t that bad.
They bring a natural charisma to the movie and certainly lend an authenticity to it without all the typical Hollywood embellished storylines that most movies like this often employ.
However, with additional acting lessons—and Sadler has stated in interviews he’s interested in pursuing an acting career—they could do all right.
Still, Eastwood rolled the dice and decided to do something different and creative with “The 15:17 to Paris.” It’s a gamble that should pay off in the long run.
The movie is steeped in patriotism and the young men’s Christian faith which was nurtured at their middle school in Carmichael, California. While Sadler, Stone and Skarlatos’ paths initially go in different directions they reunite in Europe. Yet, prior to that the movie flashes back to incidents during their childhood and young adult lives that seem to set them up and prepare them for that fateful day.
And as clichéd as it sounds, it seems as if it was destiny that brought these young men together and on that train to accomplish such a heroic feat.
“The 15:17 to Paris” is a remarkable story. Although you know the outcome, Eastwood has crafted it in such a way that it truly honors and celebrates these young and deserving, humble heroes.
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Look At This Trailer For "THE 15:17 TO PARIS"
Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.