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The 15:17 to Paris (2018)


The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

The legendary Clint Eastwood took a big risk casting the actual people that his film is about to star in it.  This concept immediately sparked my interest enough for me to be really excited about seeing The 15:17 to Paris.

I intentionally did not watch much of the trailer for this film, nor did I read anything about it.  This is because I vaguely remembered hearing about this story, watching the news and reading about what happened after this event took place, not too long ago.  I did not remember a lot of what happened and I did not want to spoil the movie by knowing all about it beforehand.

With all of the vile stories of terrorism and mass-murder we hear happening all over the news in this crazy world that we live in, it’s nice to recognize the heroes that fight back against the evil that is unleashed around them.  That is what The 15:17 to Paris is.  It is a story about the ones that fought back to try to protect their fellow man because they were not about to go down without a fight.  This movie is the story of three friends who grew up together and how they happened to be on a train to Paris at the time of a gruesome terrorist attack aimed at everyone on board.

The movie was based on the book by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Jeffrey E. Stern.  It was produced and directed by Clint Eastwood.

The cast includes the three men the film is about: Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos.  The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer, P.J. Byrne, Thomas Lennon, Tony Hale, Jaleel White, and Steve Coulter.

I heard that initially the MPAA rating system wanted to make the movie rated R.  This upset Eastwood and he had to raise a big fuss to win the PG-13 rating.  I’m not sure if any scenes were cut from the film to achieve the PG-13 rating, but I found no reason that there should’ve been an R rating.  There was hardly any swearing, no nudity, and only some violence.  The violence was not excessive and was very necessary to tell the story accurately.  Nothing else warranted an R rating.  Could it be a way of censoring Eastwood’s film so less people could see it?  That will likely never be revealed, but I wouldn’t put it past Hollywood for pulling a move like that.  Good old Clint!  Always fighting for what he thinks is right.  He doesn’t care if Hollywood doesn’t back him.  He has built an astounding career on getting his movies made no matter what.  In a lot of ways, he is that powerful protagonist character that he has portrayed on screen so many times.  I think he felt that this story needed to be told and he wanted the perspective of the real people to make it more accurate.

The film is not going to win any awards for its acting.  These three men are not actors.  These are real people.  Realizing this fact while watching the movie actually made it more powerful.  It made me approach my view of the movie in a different way.  It doesn’t matter that the dialogue was not delivered by seasoned actors.  This is an obvious detail in Eastwood’s vision.  It simply matters that their story was told.  Who better to tell it than the real people themselves?

The 15:17 to Paris depicts an incredible true story of heroism and courage.

The movie is not loaded with action and special effects.  It sheds light on a story that a lot of people didn’t pay much attention to.  It reminds us of the good in people.  Humanity in helping others because that is the right thing to do.  These men didn’t think twice about their own safety.  They just did what they had to do.

I watched this film two nights ago and I have thought about it since.  The more that I think about it, the more I like it.  You are not going to leave the movie in awe.  However, it will make you contemplate what you saw.  Maybe you will be more grateful for what you have.

 

I rate this movie a 7.5 on a scale of 1-10.

 

If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:

American Sniper (2014)

Lone Survivor (2013)

World Trade Center (2006)

Captain Phillips (2013)

12 Strong (2018)

United 93 (2006)

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20 Best Drama Movies Based on Real Life Available on Netflix Watch Instantly


Netflix is constantly changing its movie selection.  Here is a list of 20 of the best drama movies based on real life that are currently available to watch on Netflix Watch Instantly.

There is something about movies that are based on true stories.  Knowing that what happened in the movie might be similar to how it actually happened in real life makes the movie that much more interesting.  I especially enjoy watching a movie based on true events that I already am familiar with.  It’s interesting to see the director or the writer’s take on what they think happened.  Sometimes a movie is supposedly based on real life, but it may be way different from what actually happened in real life.  If you are a fan of these types of movies, then you will probably enjoy the films on this list.

Here is the list:

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20 Best Drama Movies Based on Real Life Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

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The Conspirator (2010)

The King's Speech

The King’s Speech (2010)

Into the Wild Poster

Into the Wild (2007)

Zodiac Poster

Zodiac (2007)

United 93 Poster

United 93 (2006)

World Trade Center Poster

World Trade Center (2006)

The World's Fastest Indian Poster

The World’s Fastest Indian (2005)

Hotel Rwanda Poster

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

The Pianist Poster

The Pianist (2002)

Man On The Moon Poster

Man of the Moon (1999)

October Sky Poster

October Sky (1999)

Braveheart Poster

Braveheart (1995)

Rob Roy Poster

Rob Roy (1995)

King of the Hill Poster

King of the Hill (1993)

Hoffa Poster

Hoffa (1992)

The Doors Poster

The Doors (1991)

The Krays Poster

The Krays (1990)

Eight Men Out Poster

Eight Men Out (1988)

The Untouchables Poster

The Untouchables (1987)

Hoosiers Poster

Hoosiers (1986)

Next time that you are trying to find a good movie on Netflix Watch Instantly that is based on a true story , I recommend you choose one of these movies as part of your movie night.

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