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The 15:17 to Paris, movie review

It used to be a movie made by Clint Eastwood was bound to be good. He was even one of the directors that you could count on to act well in a movie he was also directing, a talent not many actor/director combos can do.

Alas, everyone has a fumble, or in this case, it might simply be time for Mr. Eastwood to retire. My best guess is that he didn’t actually direct this movie, and instead just gave his seal of approval while someone else was on the filming stage on the day to day basis.

The acting was poor. The dialogue poor. It’s no surprise that regular people were cast in the movie. I would have sent the main three to a few acting classes, just to help the end product be a bit better. (Yes, I know they cast the real life people who were on the train, but that doesn’t mean you can’t teach them to act.) Even the recognizable actors didn’t do a very good job though, so I’m not sure what happened.

The film tried to make up for the lack of acting, plot, and creative dialogue, by shooting events on location. Some of the military scenes were done on the military base I work, and I can vouch that they did indeed hire military members to play the military roles. The overseas scenes appeared to be shot on location as well, so in that aspect I’m impressed. But also confused. Why go through all the trouble to shoot on location if you aren’t going to spend the money to hire decent actors and writers?

Overall, this is a movie I strongly discourage anyone from seeing. It should have been a straight to tv movie at best, and even then, it would have only got one airing and never been seen or heard of again. It’s not even bad enough to be good, like Sharknado.

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Flags of Our Fathers

I don’t know why it took me so long to see this movie. I’ve been wanting to see it ever since I first heard of it. I finally watched it and I’m glad I did.

The scene cuts between the three timelines are done very well. I mildly struggled to keep track of all the different characters, but anyone who puts a little effort in or knows their history, will do just fine.

The movie does show some gore, but nothing too horrible. It’s enough to keep things real, some gore is needed to get the message across that this was a gruesome time in our history. But it wasn’t gore for gores sake. Honestly, this was one of the least bloody depictions I’ve seen of the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Any slower paced moment in the movie is countered quite well with action from one of the other times. And I think the out of order sequence is perfect in demonstrating to us the chaos the veterans likely felt. The aftereffects of war are shown to us in the best manner possible via movie.

By far, I would say this is one of the best war movies I’ve seen in a while. And it will teach you a thing or two about history. I’d say this is a must see for everyone. The cussing is kept to a minimum, I didn’t notice any at all, but there could have been. If your kids won’t be disturbed by death and some gore, I’d say you should watch this with them. The lessons in this movie are the kind our youth should learn.