’15:17 to Paris’ Film Review

15:17 to Paris is a true story based on the heroism that three young American men showed while traveled from Amsterdam to Paris while on a European multi-country sight seeing trip. While on the train, an Islamic terrorist attempted to open fire on innocent people in a train car. By some miracle, they managed to tackle the terrorist to the ground and gain control over him, saving only god knows how many lives. And granted that I saw liberals attempting to shit all over this movie, I figured that it must be a gem that I have to see. So I basically grabbed the fiancé and said “We’re going!”

I’ll start out by stating what I really enjoyed. First things first, I’m a fan of Clint Eastwood’s directed movies. I loved films such as ‘Trouble with the Curve’, ‘Hereafter’, ‘American Sniper’, ‘Sully’, and a boatload more. He seems to enjoy bringing lots of true life stories to the screen and giving his audience an emotional impact that other directors often lack. He’s also one of the only directors where if I learn he’s directing, it’s pretty much a done deal that I’ll see the movie. Not only because he called millennials pansies, but also because I truly do love his story telling and directing. And the man ain’t no spring chicken. Yet he’s still going.

I also liked that Clint Eastwood had the original trip who actually lived the experience acting this film in the leading roles to give it more authenticity. He did the same for the rescue crews in boats in his film Sully portraying the airliner that crashed into the Hudson starring Tom Hanks. It’s just a special thing that I think adds a bit to the film. I will admit that at times it did feel a bit flat for this reason, given that none of these men were trained actors, their lines sometimes felt a bit stale, but that’s also the reason I didn’t go in with high expectations. I was prepared for this film to be unmemorable and mediocre because the actors weren’t professionally trained. But oddly enough, that wasn’t a significant drawback.

I also liked that they chose to film in many of the same settings that the young men saw on their trips. If for no more reason than the beautiful European eye candy of architecture and such.

The film starts out with two single mothers having a meeting with a school teacher that seemed to think putting their boys on medications would help them to stop misbehaving in class. The mothers were obviously upset by this and who wouldn’t be? We see three young boys struggling to make it in school, without a father in the home, mothers genuinely trying to make their lives easier, and feeling as though they’re failing because the boys don’t seem to behave while in class. But regardless of struggles during their youth, they all manage to find their way on some level. And as it’s shown later in the film after one of them takes a break from the military, their lives which might have appeared a bit lost and chaotic, all brought them to the same place at the same time, allowing them to take down a terrorist who otherwise would have caused an insane amount of bloodshed.

The pacing of the film did feel quite slow during parts simply because the actual event of them saving the day was only about fifteen minutes of the whole movie and parts of it are spliced throughout before you see the event in its entirety. But I imagine having to create a back story for these characters who were real life figures took a considerable amount of time and effort. It does cause the relatively short film to feel slow in parts, but given that we do see the finale toward the end, we do feel that the plot line is progressing toward something substantial.

Overall, this was a good film. Not my favorite from Eastwood, not even by a mile. But overall, a good film about three Americans who saved countless lives and only managed to do so because they had military experience to back them up. They were in the right place at the right time and it would have been a tragic day for the French and many families had they not been there.

I give this film four stars out of five. It loses a star primarily because the pacing did feel off and the acting was flat at times, but I can forgive these flaws given that the aim was for authenticity in the story telling and through the use of the real life heroes over trained actors. It also pissed off a lot of people because it portrayed the terrorist in an accurate way and didn’t show leniency toward Islam like so many mainstream media outlets would want…so yeah…bonus points there. I recall when ‘Patriot’s Day’ came out many leftists had a similar reaction claiming that it wasn’t sympathetic to terrorists and some had the same reaction to this film. And that’s just another reason why I love Eastwood. He tells it like it is.


Critics of ‘Patriots Day’ lose their shit

Some critics are taking shots at “Patriots Day” – the thriller starring Mark Wahlberg about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the manhunt for the terrorists in the aftermath of the attack – for its unapologetic portrayal of America as a force for good in the battle against radical Islamic terrorism.

Uh oh… did a production company actually produce a movie where the majority white guys are good and terrorists who bombed the Boston marathon are the bad guys? Someone should tell them that whities are always at fault for everything and we should submit to Islam yesterday.

Writing at BuzzFeed, Anne Helen Petersen says the film omits crucial context about the motives of the terrorists, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who killed 4 and injured 264 in the blasts at the marathon’s finish line and killed an MIT police officer several days later while fleeing.

Because the motives of the terrorists couldn’t have been…I dunno… Islam. And killing innocents isn’t a cowardly act that radical Islamists participate in almost a daily basis now. But it’s Buzzfeed, so we really can’t expect logic or reason.

The real world is not as black and white as “Patriots Day” makes it out to be, she says.

Stunning observation. But I will be siding with the police who did their job after the Boston Marathon throughout this blog post. Just so my bias is out there.

“You can argue that evil needs no explanation, no contextualization,” Ms. Petersen writes in her review published on Friday. “But that’s the problem with a post-9/11 film like Patriots Day: There’s a reason, and a history, for the radicalization of Islam — a history in which the United States has played an active part.”

Because there’s absolutely no such thing as absolute truth and the folks at Buzzfeed are fervently committed to their moral relativism… unless the West is defending itself. How dare those awful western police accuse these terrorists of… um… terrorism. Ms. Peterson is actually making the claim that the terrorists should be cleansed of all responsibility because it was evil westerners who caused them to commit this atrocious crime. Is she aware that one of the victims killed was a foreign exchange student? I believe she was Asian. Does she get an equal role in collective white guilt as well?

She says “Patriots Day” captures the spirit of “Trump’s America,” which includes “a return to the delineation of global politics into camps of right and wrong, patriot and terrorist, winners and losers, and an impulse to flatten and otherwise ignore reality in the name of feeling good and guiltless.”

Wahlberg made a feel good movie that has old fashion patriotic values? Are the tickets available online yet?

Oh wait. I forgot. A Hollywood movie can only be considered good by the leftist critics if it shits on white people and slams them with collective white guilt. Because that’s not racist at all.

Additionally, the film’s depiction of police officers is unrealistic because “there are no negative interactions with citizens, no race-based tensions, no depictions of Islamophobia in the wake of the bombings.”

Because a depiction of police can’t possibly be accurate without police officers engaging in racist activity. We all know police are horribly racist mongrels with no redeemable qualities and they don’t protect citizens on a daily basis. And Americans can only ever be portrayed as Islamophobic monsters after experiencing an unprovoked direct threat against their lives while watching a running marathon. Genuine fear after a terror attack can only be seen as Islamophobic. Maybe if we tried to better understand the terrorists, they wouldn’t have attacked. Or something…

Does Buzzfeed realize that we’re going to be pissing on their grave?

“You can argue that evil needs no explanation, no contextualization,” Ms. Petersen writes in her review published on Friday. “But that’s the problem with a post-9/11 film like Patriots Day: There’s a reason, and a history, for the radicalization of Islam — a history in which the United States has played an active part.”

Are you aware that there’s a reason and explanation for why people voted for Trump? THIS IS IT! Such as immigration officials not learning their damn lesson after 9/11 and not placing sanctions against countries with a high rate of Islamic terror? Or is Ms. Peterson going to shit on the victims of 9/11 as well and say it’s their own fault that so many of our firefighters died when the Twin Towers collapsed as they heroically entered the building knowing it was going to come down on top of them?

Kaitlyn Tiffany echoes several of these sentiments at The Verge. Movies like “Patriots Day,” Ms. Tiffany writes in her review published on Sunday, provide a “prism through which viewers can project their own pre-conceived (and carefully catered to) notions of American heroism.”

Is Ms. Tiffany claiming that police officers capturing murdering terrorists was a bad thing? We can always buy her a one way ticket to the Middle East if her standards of living here aren’t up to her expectation of adequacy.

She expresses contempt for the “clapping and scattered whooping” of her fellow audience members during decisive moments and punch lines throughout the movie – the sort of chauvinism President Obama sought in vain to extinguish during his time in office, she says.

How dare they cheer when the bad guys lose! Or when the police save the day! What monsters!

And Buzzfeed still doesn’t realize why Trump won. Keep being assholes and as anti-white and anti-American as possible. It will take an entire generation for your party to recover. Or so I’m hoping.

“This movie caters to a jingoism that the political right has spent the last eight years defending from the withering gaze of an incredibly enlightened president, but even New Yorkers found it in themselves to cheer for what is now the winning team,” Ms. Tiffany writes.

You mean New Yorkers liked it when the terrorists went down?  I can’t imagine why.

And writing at Slate, Amy Nicholson groups “Patriots Day” with other real-life stories purporting to depict American valor on the big screen, such as “Lone Survivor,” “American Sniper” and “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”

These movies, Ms. Nicholson writes in her review published Jan. 2, “took recent-ish headlines and simplified them, and their idealized saviors, into a satisfying adventure where the good guys win—or, at least, make it clear who’s to blame.”

Because American soldiers and patriots are never the good guys. Ever. Soldiers do nothing but cause destruction as they’re overseas protecting your freedom and your right to a high standard of living, you arrogant, selfish, unappreciative piece of unworthy shit.

They are “strangely soothing bedtime stories that whisper yes, the word is cruel and dangerous, but everything’s going to be OK if a competent white man is in charge,” she continues. “They’ll be martyred for the world’s sins.”

I want an AltRight man or woman on my six while at war with these assholes. I’ll take a competent white man willing to run into the charge with guns blazing over this sorry excuse for a beating heart any day of the week. If you don’t like it here, Ms. Nicholson… LEAVE. No one will miss you.

“Patriots Day,” directed by Peter Berg, opened to $12 million over the first days of the holiday weekend and has a 79 percent favorable rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

You betcha I’m seeing this movie. And given the critical hatred it’s receiving, I will be thrilled to review it on my channel soon.