Directed by Clint Eastwood, The 15:17 Train To Paris is the true story of American soldiers who discover a terrorist plot on a Paris-bound train and take action.
Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone – the actual real life heroes play themselves…
I usually have a good feeling after watching the trailer for a movie directed by Clint Eastwood. I can’t say that I feel great after watching this one.
Before my seemingly massive reservations came to the fore, my first thought as the trailer played was that it might be too soon for me to watch this. Also, I just travelled on the Eurostar about a month ago. Granted that it was, thankfully, a perfectly uneventful journey, if I were to board a high speed train tomorrow, I have an over-active imagination so I’d most likely be quite nervous.
Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer and Ray Corasani also star.
There are obvious moral issues that come up as a result of the subject matter of Eastwood’s American Sniper, but that isn’t really what the film is about.
Instead, it’s a story that touches on the effects of war on the psyche of someone who’s job – simply put, is to kill anyone that poses an immediate danger to the Soldiers he’s hired to protect in Iraq, post 9/11.
Bradley Cooper does a brilliant job of portraying Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S military history – and he does it to great effect more with well placed silences than words.
If you know the Chris Kyle story, you already know how this movie ends and towards the end you’ll be glad about how Eastwood dealt with the the last few scenes; particularly what you don’t see just before the real life footage begins.
In terms of Eastwood’s body of work, American Sniper is good, but it’s no Million Dollar Baby (2004) or Gran Torino (2008).
Some have said the film feels more like a dictation of the subject’s life than an actual movie and I don’t completely disagree. It’s worth watching anyway because you’re curious and you know Bradley Cooper good.
The result of Bradley Cooper’s emotional transformation to play real life US Sniper Chris Kyle is probably as impressive as the physical change he had to undergo in order to play the lead in Clint Eastwood’s latest, American Sniper (2014).
To say that based on the below trailer, the film looks great is just right. Sienna Miller, Owain Yeoman and Luke Grimes also star but what I’m really most curious about in this film is the adventure into the psyche of the Sniper. Especially since such a job is so far from anything most of us could ever imagine choosing to do.
On a side note, watching this trailer makes me want to re-watch The Hurt Locker (2008).