It’s not unusual for me to disagree with professional critics, but I was almost apoplectic to read the scathing reviews given to The 15:17 To Paris. The chief complaint seems to be the hour we sit through just to get to the action. So here’s my take on that; I liked being shown the lives they lead, leading up to the tragic event that made them heroes. And the tour we were taken on in Europe with the friends was sweet. I’ve been to most of the places they visited and didn’t mind going there again.
Remember the excellent performances Eastwood pulled out of first time actors Bee Vang and Ahney Her from the Hmog community in Grand Torino? So, it comes as no surprise that he did it again in this movie. Our heroes performed much better than the pros.
The movie moves along at a nice clip, and other than a few protracted conversations, I wasn’t bored.
Thanks Clint, for another job well done.
About The Peetimes: This is a dialog-driven movie with fairly short bursts of action, making my job easy. I’ve given you 2 good Peetimes. Each gives you 4 minutes to break, so let your bladder decide.
There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of The 15:17 to Paris. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)
Rated (PG-13) for bloody images, violence, some suggestive material, drug references and language
Genres: Drama, History, Thriller
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