TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - December 14, 2017
Certainly the most curmudgeonly director around, you've got to give Clint Eastwood credit—no matter where you stand on him as a person—for routinely putting out movies in his late 80s. Hell in 2014 he released two movies, Jersey Boys and American Sniper. Forgot about Jersey Boys, didn't you? It's alright, so did everyone else in the world.
Though he's become a lightning rod for controversy ever since he did a failed comedy bit at the 2012 RNC involving an empty chair, his films have remained mostly apolitical, except when the government takes the place of a regular antagonist, as it did in last year's Sully. His latest is bound to be another one that divides audiences while probably managing to bring them out in droves.
The 15:17 to Paris tells the true story of three young American citizens who thwarted an attempted terrorist attack on a high speed train bound for Paris in 2015. Now, the twist is that the three guys are all playing themselves in the film. I doubt these three young men were bound for Paris to study acting at the Cours Florent, so there will probably be lots of stilted line deliveries and such. But still, I guess it's a cool thing. I wonder if he got the real terrorists, too.
I kid, these guys are true heroes and it'll be nice to see them get their due on the big screen. And Eastwood is a savvy enough director to know that he should just keep the action going non-stop. And the audience will be savvy enough to know that whenever there's a lengthy dialogue scene, that's a good time to step out and use the john. The 15:17 to Paris opens on February 9.