In August 2015, an ISIS terrorist boarded train #9364 from Brussels to Paris. Armed with an AK-47 and enough ammo to kill more than 500 people, the terrorist might have succeeded except for three American friends who refused to give in to fear. Stone was a martial arts enthusiast and airman first class in the U.S. Air Force, Skarlatos was a member of the Oregon National Guard, and all three pals proved fearless as they charged and ultimately overpowered the gunman after he emerged from a bathroom armed and ready to kill.
Something To Be Said---Extraordinary real life event transformed into a rather embarrassing show of opportunism. Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone are likable men, heroes in real life but as actors...didn't Clint Eastwood know, being an actor himself, that to play yourself you need acting talents. As a consequence Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone play themselves, unconvincingly. If we start right there, nothing works. A very disheartening attempt at cashing in from an act of real American courage.
"An instinctual act of remarkable heroism is afforded the least remarkable effort of director Clint Eastwood’s long career.."Read the full review here: http://screen-space.squarespace.com/reviews/2018/2/8/the-1517-to-paris.html
Loved the idea....true story & actual heroes instead of overpaid actors!---This movie wasn't really a 10, but it was pretty darn good & I used that rating to balance out some of the pathetic low ratings. Anyone who read about and watched the preview, let alone remembered the news story when this happened (I do), should not have been surprised. Honestly, the movie was exactly what we expected, and everyone in our group liked it. It was well done, going between the event (the attack) and flashbacks of a lifelong friendship among three friends. How else would anyone expect an event that probably only lasted a few minutes to last for an hour & a half movie UNLESS there was backstory added into the movie? Truthfully, anyone who expected a nonstop action flick needs to stop complaining about overpriced Hollywood films, actors, etc. & should just go watch an old action classic if that's all he/she wants. Was some of the acting a little stiff here and there? Yes, but these are real people, playing themselves, who acted heroically during a real event and avoided great tragedy for many, many people on that train. I was never bored, never yawned & truly enjoyed the well done back and forth pace of flashbacks between the attack and the paths that got them to that point. It's a little sad these days that a simply inspiring movie isn't good enough for a good review unless you have actors in it who make millions or tons of stuff gets blown up. I would much rather spend my money on a movie like this than on much of the other garbage that Hollywood puts out these days. I want movies to entertain, but to also be inspiring and not depressing or disgusting, and where the good guy wins. If you want to leave the theater feeling satisfied, this movie will not disappoint.
Nonsense---If I were Clint Eastwood I would apologise to all my cast for making them say the most redundant, artificial, uninspired and annoying dialog lines ever written. Yes, I mean Tommy Wiseau at least would have made it funny by their absurd quality; This was just frustrating borderline with stupid. This movie is the winner of "I have no idea how to carry on the story in a coherent and visual way, therefore I'll explain everything in words, sometimes uttered by random, irrelevant characters that come out of nowhere and depart in the same manner".Cheers for the first hour of redundant and childish so called background development that makes absolutely no impact on the movie and probably would have made the entire product better if simply cut.Long gone the days of "Unforgiven", "Mystic river", "Letters from Iwo Jima"... do yourself a favour, see Jumanji instead.
Terrible Movie---Clint Eastwood's effort to pay tribute to these incredible heroes did not succeed. The script was terrible, the three main guys (the real heroes) cannot act one iota, and the film was filled with lots of empty meaningless space. The last 10 minutes were the best thing about the movie. That's when the heroes came alive and made an impact. I don't want to disparage these guys in any way, but this movie was just awful. If this is the kind of thing that Clint is doing is his advanced years, he needs to retire.
Watch this to renew your appreciation for professional actors!---Going into this I didn't have high expectations. If you haven't heard, the "stars" of the film aren't actors. They are the guys who actually lived the story. I knew this going into the film, and I was still shocked at how jarring an experience it was to watch regular guys act on the big screen. Don't get me wrong, I certainly couldn't do any better. Not to mention, I haven't done anything in my life anyone should make a movie about. So why did I see this? Well I have moviepass and had nothing to do on a Saturday at noon. So here we are. Unless you are in a similar situation I would recommend you pass.
Clint Eastwood butchers an incredible story of courage and heroism.---To begin with, the three men who performed this act of courage deserve all the praise and honor they have received. They stood brave in the face of evil and terrorism and managed to prevent disaster.With that aside, this is truly one of the worst films I have ever seen. There is a scene that takes place in early on in the film that features posters of two of Eastwoods earlier works, Jersey Boys and Letter from Iwo Jima, as well as Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. My advice, spend your money renting one of those movies before shelling out the money for a movie ticket for this latest hiccup in Eastwood's otherwise remarkable filmography. It starts with acting and to put it simply, it's just abysmal. Right from the start, the children playing the young heroes just aren't at the quality of what you would expect. The wooden writing doesn't help and plagues the film with countless cringe moments throughout its runtime. Then we move to the heroes themselves, who would have been better served working as consultants for the film to ensure authenticity. They simply aren't good, and nearly every line they delivered was met with a few chuckles from the nearly capacity crowd at my showing. Even if the three were replaced with trained actors, it's hard to see how that would substantially improve the product. The film acts more like a buddy adventure movie for the better part of it's runtime, rather than the heroic thriller that was being advertised. It's incredibly misguided and marks an unfortunate low point in Clint Eastwood's remarkable career. You are better served reading an account of the event than wasting time and money on this dud of movie. A few stars go to the admittedly tense train sequence that serves as the basis for the film and commitment to authenticity that seems to have been maintained based on press tour comments from the actors. 3/10 - Very Bad
The worst movie I have ever seen---Don't get me wrong, I think the purpose and meaning behind the movie is great - everything else however wasn't.Between the real life people playing their own characters, a majority of scenes with no substance and contributing nothing to the underlying story, along with the first 80 minutes being drawn out for 10 minutes of the actual story at the very end.Save the money, and the time - you'll be grateful you did.
Not Unforgiven, but "Unforgivable"---Firstly, my take is not meant to diminish the heroism these guys displayed on the day of the attack at all. They went above and beyond at great personal peril, and should be commended. Having said that... they can't act a lick! The worse part is, the guy who is the worse actor has the biggest role. Watching him act was like watching a grade school production of hamlet, if that schools production entire main cast was out with the flu and it was put on by the much less talented booger nose eating stand-ins. However, it wasn't just the bad acting (although that was a big part), the movie itself meandered with scenes which I'm still trying to find any possible meaning behind, except for helping to fill the time. I'm a huge Clint Eastwood fan, but his skills at directing and storytelling were not enough to save this turkey of a movie.