“The 15:17 to Paris” is a biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, released in 2018. The film is based on the autobiography “The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes”.
The film meticulously recreates the interior of the Thalys high-speed train, where the real-life heroes, Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler, confronted and overpowered a gunman intent on causing mass casualties. The design of the train, from the seating arrangements to the narrow corridors, plays a crucial role in the narrative, influencing the characters' ability to react and interact during the crisis. The confined space of the train creates a palpable sense of tension, emphasizing the courage and quick thinking of the trio as they navigate the confined space to avert disaster.
“The 15:17 to Paris” received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its experimental casting and the real-life heroism of its subjects, while others criticized its pacing and the execution of its narrative. However, the decision to use the actual individuals involved in the incident added a layer of authenticity to the portrayal of the events.