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The 15:17 to Paris
Runtime: 94 minutes
Starring: Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer
Director: Clint Eastwood
Sex: Kissing by a couple; an innuendo about masturbation; a scantily clad woman dances on a pole in a nightclub.
Language: A lot of language, especially from the middle of the movie on, including "GD"; "OMG/OG"; "JC"; a "J" uttered as in despair or a prayer; S; H; D; A.
Violence: A shooting on a train which results in some men tackling the assailant and a fair amount of blood is seen, including the bloody neck of a man that was cut with a knife while fighting the shooter; a man has a bloody shirt and it's seen from the back and front; a very bloody neck of another man who has been shot and badly wounded; a man strangles the assailant until he passes out.
Drugs: The smoking of cigarettes; several drinking and bar scenes including consumption of beer, wine, strong alcohol.
Nudity: Cleavage; a few women show their thighs and cheeks of rear by wearing short shorts; shirtless men.
Other: Tension between a few characters; boys are disobedient in a Christian school but grow up to be men of sacrifice; tattoos are seen on some characters.
Faith: Some scriptures are quoted and prayers are uttered; boys attend a Christian school.
Integrity: A man acts like he prayed he would as a boy, being helpful during a time of crisis.
Three Americans discover a terrorist plot aboard a train while in France.
The 15:17 to Paris is an inspiring movie based on true events that took place in France in August 2015. Three American friends—two of them off-duty members of the U.S. military—halt a terrorist attack on a speeding train after an assailant armed with an assault rifle, 300 rounds of ammunition, and other weapons shoots a man and plans on taking out many more. Four people were injured, but miraculously, no one died.
Clint Eastwood, the director, cast the original three friends—and heroes—in the movie as themselves. The trio features Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone. The story, based on a book they wrote about the experience, opens with the background story of how the three met at a Christian school and remained friends after growing up. They all loved the military but were all a bit on the rebellious and mischievous side. Still, one of them, Spencer, prayed that he would one day make a difference in people's lives. The scene shows him praying part of the Prayer of St. Francis and his desire to be an “instrument of Gods peace." That prayer is used again to emphasize the point of the heroic action at the conclusion of the film. The movie wraps up with the three men, and a fourth man from France, being awarded medals for their acts of courage.
The movie is slow-moving in a few spots but gives the audience a powerful and compelling conclusion. It clearly states that ordinary people can sometimes do extraordinary things. It's too bad that language and the level of violence that is shown prevents us from awarding the movie our Dove Seal. But this story of heroism deserves more attention and perhaps this movie will help make that happen.
Not Dove Family Approved
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