The 15.17 to Paris - 1 Star
Making a 5 minute affair into a 95 minute movie is problematic enough before you decide not to cast actors. This film is appalling.
Three Americans discover a terrorist plot aboard a train while in France.
That official blurb is an one hundred percent overstatement of the events that occur in this film. Three Americans (two soldiers) see a guy trying to shoot people on a train in Paris and attack him. To claim they discovered a terrorist plot is a little much - they were asleep when the attack started! This film uses the actual people as opposed to casting actors. Hugely problematic. They look uncomfortable all of the time. The script too is terrible, not only do they show us these guys childhood, but it takes 1hr 20 before we get to the train. I feel like the actors were told to improvise, as they often tell us what they’re doing instead of just doing it. It really feels like a student film. It’s also very “preachy” with the army/war/guns/violence being glorified and it has the worst conversation at the start of the film between a teacher and two moms where absolutely no-one is right. There’s also atrocious cinematography and every woman in this film is either a mother or an object of desire - no other woman actually speaks! Clint Eastwood needs to retire before his legacy is destroyed by this onslaught of terrible films he’s made in the last 5 years.
Overall just avoid it at all costs.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment