The audience loves terrorism based movies but “The 15:17 to Paris” promises to be different because it is the depiction of a true incident and the actors are Americans who captured the Terrorist in real life in far-off Brussels. They were Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone.

Daily Mail UK reports that Clint Eastwood has produced and directed the Warner Bros. movie which is the story of the 2015 French train attack. It is based on a book written by the three Americans with the help of writer Jeffrey E. Stern.

The plus point of the movie is that the men who tackled and captured the gunman in the train play their own roles.

The story in brief

Three Americans in their 20s were on vacation in 2015. They had met while attending a school in California and were on their way to Paris when the incident happened on a moving train at Brussels.

A Moroccan gunman, armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, suddenly, came out of the bathroom with intent to kill which was evident from the look on his face. Two of the passengers tried to intervene but failed. It was then that the three friends jumped into action. They realized the dangers to the passengers, charged at the terrorist, relieved him of the weapon and began to beat him up till he passed out.

Two of the friends Skarlatos and Stone were in the military and were on leave while the third Sadler had flown out to Europe to enjoy a vacation with his high school friends during a break from college.

Stone was an Air Force medic, and the train was rerouted to a nearby station because of the attack.

That is, in short, the story of the 2015 French train attack. In the beginning, Clint Eastwood was on the lookout for actors to play the roles of the three friends. However, he realized that the men were young and it would be a novelty in case they portrayed their own roles.

That would add to the charm and appeal to the audience because they would be able to add zing to the roles. That decision has added to the uniqueness of the movie since none of them have any acting experience.

Recognition for the heroes

The world appreciated the prompt response of the three friends to foil the French train attack and they have become international heroes.

They foiled the terrorist attack which could have resulted in the loss of innocent lives. Subsequently, the three of them were honored by French President Francois Hollande. Later, when they came back to the US, the then-President Obama welcomed them to the White House where he thanked them for their service.

“The 15:17 to Paris” is due to be out in theaters on February 9 and should be a treat to watch.