Movie Review: The 15:17 To PARIS (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

The 15:17 to Paris us based on the book by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern. The movie was directed by Clint Eastwood from a screenplay by Dorothy Blyskal and features the heroic trio is comprised of Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone, who play themselves in the film. Starring alongside them are Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, Ray Corasani, PJ Byrne, Tony Hale and Thomas Lennon. Paul-Mikél Williams plays the younger Anthony, Bryce Gheisar plays the younger Alek and William Jennings plays the younger Spencer.

In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.

The 15:17 to Paris follows Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone who first meet in middle school. The movie jumps back and forth a few times from the incident on the train to how they get to this point. The story spends a lot more time focusing on Spencer Stone who had some struggles while he was growing up and even after he joined the military. His biggest problem was following the rules. Still, he’s the one who charged this terrorist on the train, with his two friends following his lead, where they end up stopping the enemy before he could carry out his deadly mission. Needless to say, these three friends became heroes that day and saved countless live in doing so.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is black and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The 15:17 to Paris was an okay watch about these three friends who stopped a terrorist attack on board a highspeed train in France. Sadly, it’s a failed attempt to tell the tale about these brave men who saved countless lives on this day in history. The story is extremely interesting and so are the main characters that are portrayed by the actual heroes and surprisingly they did a really good job with their acting. The downside is that Clint Eastwood spent way too much time on the backstory that goes all the way back to middle school where the three friends first met. The movie deals way too much with their struggles in life before the day that changed their lives forever and not enough of the train ride which is the most interesting part of this great story. I understand character development is important but there’s way too much time spent on that here. As much of a slow burn as this one is, it’s still worth a watch because of these brave men who became heroes that day. Thank you for your service! The 15:17 to Paris will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on May 22nd.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 94 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / EDA 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features:

  • Making Every Second Count – Join Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler – the three Americans who stopped the attack – as they take us moment-by-moment through the real-life drama, just as they lived it. (08:11)
  • Portrait of Courage – Join Oscar® winner Eastwood and his creative team as they reveal the aspects of the story that moved them and why they took the bold step of casting the three Americans to play themselves in the film. (12:27)
  • Digital Copy


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