Spencer Stone, left, Anthony Sadler and Alex Skarlatos, all looking thrilled to be in Clint Eastwood's "The 15:17 To Paris."
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Eastwood's '15:17' recreates foiled attackIn his latest film, Clint Eastwood has taken his famously no-frills filmmaking further than ever before. That's enough to make "The 15:17 to Paris" a refreshingly humble artifact in the often bombastic genre of terrorism thrillers, but it's not the quality of the acting that limits Eastwood's film."The 15:17 to Paris" follows Eastwood's "Sully," which also told a story of a regular man turned international hero. Chesley Sullenberger's 2009 Hudson River landing, Eastwood focused on the strain of an unwanted spotlight. Here, he shines it on Skarlatos, Stone and Sadler, all of whom look understandably thrilled to be in a Clint Eastwood movie.When the big moment comes, it's well staged and presented without thundering music – a restrained climax for a sluggish movie – but by focusing solely on the three pals, Eastwood has slighted the story of Mark Moogalian, a 51-year-old American-born Frenchman and Sorbonne professor who was one of the first to battle the gunman.
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