The 15:17 to Paris – Movie Review


Rating: C


  • The finale of the film, which is the act of heroism on the train, is the highlight of the entire film. Clint Eastwood shoots this sequence very well, with a strong sense of tension. Too bad it lasts for only about 10-15 minutes.


  • This film might have one of the worst screenplays I’ve seen in my life. It’s full of the most corny and stiff dialogue you’ll ever hear. The fact that this film’s three leads are people who’ve never acted before just makes it worse.
  • Since I’ve brought it up lets go ahead and talk about the acting in this film. You can tell from the beginning of the film that we are dealing with people that have never acted before. For most of the time throughout our three leads are very wooden. They are noticeably trying, but there’s a reason people study the craft of acting for years and not just anybody can do it.
  • Eastwood’s direction here, just like most of the film, is bland & wooden. If the legend is true that he usually only does 1-2 takes for each scene, it really shows here.
  • At the end of the day, I hope Eastwood learned that an act of heroism isn’t always enough to stretch into a whole length film.

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