The 15:17 to Paris: A mediocre film about great heroes


Since you know going in that the three men in question were alive enough to tell their story to a writer after the incident, the movie isn't about whether they survive the attack-a lone gunman with 300 rounds of ammunition on a train carrying more than 500 passengers on August 21, 2015-it's about what motivated them to respond so definitively.

To better understand their story and why they believe God played such a big role in thwarting the attempted terrorist attack, we have to first take a look back at their upbringing and the paths they took.

He allegedly emerged topless from a toilet cubicle with the intent to kill mid-journey.

Kumar's previous movie, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha was even more boisterous, going so far as to applaud certain measures taken by the ruling party, and Eastwood's American Sniper was nearly fetishistic in its Republicanness.Now, there is nothing wrong with movies being political, nor is there anything wrong with artists being frank about their political leanings. And I think it proves that anyone is capable of the extraordinary.

"That Hollywood has delivered its "truth" before the judges is at the very least worrying", Ms Mauger-Poliak told radio station France Inter. Years before Skarlatos and Stone enlist for military service, they favour camouflage clothes.

El Khazzani shot one passenger but was subdued before he could harm anyone else by three Americans - U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, U.S. Army Specialist Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler.

"If anything went differently we would probably all have been dead", he added.

The American heroes managed to prevent the alleged terror attack, meaning no lives were lost that day. "But when we left the room, the reality set in", says Skarlatos. They used the words "we" and "us" far more than the word "I".

In his last two pictures, American Sniper and Sully: Miracle On The Hudson, Oscar-winning humanist director Clint Eastwood brilliantly distilled acts of valour and self-sacrifice torn from newspaper headlines. Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler ultimately subdued the terrorist, saving many lives.

Stone discussed his own search for goal, experiencing a string of closed doors while pursuing a military career and, eventually, becoming an Air Force medical technician.

They even spent gym time with him. It's gratifying and fun to see again the real footage of French President Francois Hollande making a speech and pinning the Legion d'Honneur on the shoulders of these casually dressed Americans, and you may be reminded that, today, perhaps more than ever, we need our heroes. Once in, Stone handles disappointments impassively, while the most exciting thing that happens to Skarlatos is having his rucksack stolen in tense Afghanistan. "People put celebrities up on a pedestal but he lives up to everything".

The fact that Clint Eastwood at age 87 is still directing movies is commendable but it has to be acknowledged that not every piece of his output is a success. There's honestly not a lot of narrative goal to those flash-forwards, and one has to wonder what this would have looked like without them; probably still boring as hell, but at least a little more competently told. "We don't really look at is as a traumatic thing because no-one died", Stone said. Spencer, who keeps a closet full of realistic-looking toy guns and leads the others on shoot-'em-up adventures in the woods, has a vague sense that "life is just pushing us toward something, like some greater goal".

Outside of the foiled attack and the movie, Sadler, Skarlatos and Stone discussed their faith and goal. We're like, 'No way he's saying that, ' so we stopped and said, 'Mr.

Still, it's a true story of three young men and their courageous acts in the face of death and saving lives that should be seen, appreciated, and honored.

"It wasn't traumatic at all", Sadler said.