Terrible movie; I typically love movies done by Clint Eastwood, but this one sucks. I didn't realize at first that they were using the actual guys that were involved instead of actors. So.....that explains the terrible acting. These guys were heroes and they should celebrated for that but the movie really drags. 95% of the movie is these guys growing up and 5% is what happened on the train. Don't bother seeing this one until it comes out on video.
When it's a Clint Eastwood movie, you know it's going to be good. Look for a lot of Academy nods on this one.
This is an interesting story about three lads in their school days; how they come together to be on that 5:17 train to Paris. Naturally the Real life drama is not till the end. You must put your mind into learning their background leading up to the heroes they were, especially Spencer. If you like true life movie as I do, to educate and to inspire, this is a movie for you. If you just want to be entertained it's not for you.
I enjoyed this movie because the actors were the real men that prevented the terrorist from succeeding. Yes, it was slow at some points but it kept my interest because of the fact that these were the actual guys and not professional actors hamming it up, like most of them do.
Terrible movie...the guys aren't actors, so don't put them in a movie and waste my money. So painful to watch them try to act. If you want to to tell a story with the real people involved, call it a documentary. Not a movie.
Terrible acting. Was like they made it up as they went
This movie is a biography, which is the story of a real person's life written by someone other than that person. This explains why the movie goes back to their childhood and why Mr. Eastwood is telling this amazing, inspiring and heroic story about these brave men who put the safety of many others before their own. The best thing about the movie is that it went back to their childhoods, showing how they came to be friends and heros together by coincidence. I enjoyed the ordinaryness of the flow of the movie and that Mr. Eastwood let them play themselves. They pulled it off. Their performances were authenic in the roles. From what I have read elsewhere, the movie is accurate except for a few minor instances. Mr. Eastwood, thank you for taking this chance. As a moviegoer, the movie and the experience of seeing people play themselves both were interesting. Below on February 10th I wrote that I plan on seeing this movie. I saw it two days later.
This movie was great. Anyone only interested in the action of the heroic event may be disappointed. A good portion of the movie is spent on showing you how each young man grew up and the things that have influenced them and shaped them into the men they where at the time of their bravery on that train. Heroes come from all different backgrounds and ethnicities. You ever wondered, "what makes a hero a hero?" They are all around us doing heroic things all the time. Some just bigger than others.
Great movie about real heroes unlike the sports figures
Sorry to say but I found it a terrible movie. This despite Eastwood directing and the story based on true life events. I applaud the courage of the main characters but it simply didn't translate into an enjoyable film.
Excellent retelling of a true event.
Very slow moving even though they were building the story. The heroic deed was certainly to be commended but waited a little too late to save the first three fourths of the movie.
Great movie I like true stories. The guys did a great job!
I loved this real heroic movie, using real heroes. So many movies are fake with unrealistic action heroes. My 18yo granddaughter and I both loved it it was refreshing to see the real character of the young men starring in this film and the values they were raised with. I am so happy it had a happy ending instead of the terrorist using all 300 rounds. People who find this movie boring probably would have liked it if everyone was killed and fake action figures were involved like most of the other films. This movie is thought provoking and leaves us with warm feelings about humanity.
This is one of the most boring movies I have ever seen. I kept praying for it to be over and didn't walk out as I was with someone. Clint must be senile to make a movie this bad. The story is good but he should have used real actors to play the parts as the acting was stilted and uncomfortable to watch. The actual heroes were shown honored at the end of the movie with actual footage and that would have been enough of the real men. Clint, you disappointed me.
Boring, 10 minutes of story drug out over 1.5 hours. Can’t believe Eastwood was a part of this. Blessings to the real hero’s for their actions,
I found the middle of the story very slow and boring. The last part was interesting.
I loved this movie! I could totally relate to the childhoods of the three young men and the bullying they experienced, as I was often bullied by classmates growing up! It was these experiences as boys that shaped them to become the bold, courageous men that would become the heroes of this act of terrorism! I believe that Clint Eastwood was totally correct in choosing these three men to play themselves! They were awesome and I was totally drawn into their roles in the movie. Loved it!
Very good movie! Nice that Clint Eastwood had the real heroes share their own story.
Loved it. Clint is a national hero like the three men in the movie. Will get the DVD to add to my collection when it comes out.
Excellent. Highly recommend. Clint Eastwood gets a 5*.
Boring and wasting money and time??
Would not miss an Eastwood movie. He always inspires and makes you think.
The choice to use the real heroes instead of actors is a class act. Introducing them at a young age is crucial to understand these fine young men. It's the real thing, sensationalizing any details or having paid actors wouldn't have made it as genuine, inspirational, and entertaining. Time well spent!
Hollywood production has been poor for years therefore I am not normally interested in movies. But Clint Eastwood historically produces good stuff and 15:17 to Paris was an excellent combination of telling a great story by using real people to tell a real story and it was brilliant. It was a honest movie about the formation of goals in life and trying to reach them in the best way you can in a world full of uncertainty. This is one Great American movie. Thanks Clint
This is one of the most inspirational movies I have seen. Shows the nature of our humanity in the face of tragedy
This is the worst movie Eastwood has ever made - maybe even the worst movie that has ever been made. He took the action of three young American heroes and turned it into a reality show without actors and without a script. Clint Eastwood has definitely lost it ever since he talked to an empty chair. This is unfortunate. He used to be a great director.
The movie spent a little to much time going back to the men's childhood didn't have much to do with what they did on the train and was a little drawn out but the ending was very good and also touching. I see some comments that the men shouldn't have played themselves because they aren't actors. I strongly disagree with that. They looked just as good as any other Hollywood actor. They could probably pursue an acting career if they wanted to. They prevented a big tragedy. Very brave men..
acting wasnt the best the story line wasnt great but for some reason i liked the movie would recommend
Save your money. This movie is a waste of time. Mainly the focus is on the three friends, their childhood and past. Finally leads up to their travels. You get to see Venice, Amsterdam, and even a part of scooping out gelato. I felt like I was watching a home movie. Only about 10 minutes of the movie is what happened on the train. Boring. Clint Eastwood has lost his touch. Wait until it comes on TV.
Inspirational, what would you do in the face of danger? These men answered the call. Loved the movie!
True heroes! I loved learning about their lives and what drove them to act the way they did when faced with real face to face danger. To learn about their friendship and see how that was built upon the struggles they faced from childhood bullying. Being a single mom myself of five I loved this movie seeing their relationships with their moms. Bravo!
Pro- prior life up to the event of 3 people, ordinary people. The flash back tie-ins to the event were teaching moments. These 3 weren't extraordinary in anything other than a sense of community. They only wanted to belong. In an extraordinary moment- they only brought their frailty with them. Con- spent too much time trying to get audience to empathize, or identify, with their awkward childhoods. Might be a reach for 12 year olds raised on a diet of DC/Marvel comicstrip/action/adventure movies.
No, if you're expecting action this movie is not for you. But...if you're interested in the boys' story, it is. I loved that it was the actual people who portrayed themselves and I definitely thought it was worth seeing.
I plan on seeing this movie this evening. I don't always read reviews before seeing a movie. For this one I did. I have seen many many servicemen and women movies. I have read and own many similar non-fiction books/audiobooks, movies, and documentaries (Vietnam, Delta, Seals, Rangers, Infantry, Combat, Air Defense, World Wars, you name it). One of the things I enjoyed in many of these works (those that that provided background information) was the background story of the heros whose life stories are being told and how they got to be a hero. To those heros that day in Paris, your service is honored, your acts were courageous. I can't wait to see your movie.
A Very Interesting Movie ! I Am a Big Fan of Clint Eastwood ... So when I Heard that He had Directed this Film It was immediately on my Must See List ! The Fact that The Actual Heroes of this Story were Cast as Themselves ... Brings another Level of Interest to the Background Events that Led Up to Their Courageous Actions ! Mr Eastwood may have taken a Bit of a Risk in Not Casting Professional Actors in the Lead Roles ... But that Risk was Nothing Compared to what these Three Friends Risked when They Immediately put their Lives on the Line to Save a Train Full of Innocent Passengers by their Quick Thinking and Heroic Actions !!! When It Came to Real Life ... These Three Young Heroes ... Act
We truly appreciate what these 3 friends and hero's did but it was a very poorly written movie and soooooooo slow. My husband actually fell asleep in the middle. The last 10 minutes were great. This did not seem like a Clint Eastwood directed movie whatsoever.
No No No! Sorry, I do appreciate the heroism and concern for community and humanity, but the story was sooooo poorly written. You are taken on a bizarre excursion via excerpts of the heros growing up and globe trotting. You are left wondering when the heck something is going to happen and why the excessive patchwork of life events just to get to the climax of the true story! Made no sense to drag it out and completely disregard continuity.This could have been such an amazing movie, but it's truly a swing and a miss!! People were walking out during the movie...that says it all.
Sorry, was expecting more. There is no need to sit through the first 85 minutes of the movie if you're looking for action. The rest is just their life stories from grade school to the train ride. Go and see another movie first and then walk in to this movie just before it ends.