The docudrama follows a screenplay by first-timer Dorothy Blyskal, taken in turn from the nonfiction account (written with Jeffrey E. Stern) by the three young Americans, friends since childhood, who thwarted a 2015 terrorist attack on an Amsterdam train bound for Paris.
Khazzani, 25, from Morrocco, is accused of boarding the high-speed train in Brussels armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, a Luger, box-cutter and 270 rounds of ammunition. In 1955, heavily decorated WWII veteran Audie Murphy played himself in To Hell and Back.
He allegedly emerged topless from a toilet cubicle with the intent to kill mid-journey. Eastwood frames the climax as effective action and multinational jingoism, with the three ultimately accepting the French Legion of Honor alongside a Frenchman, Mark Moogalian (also playing himself), and a Brit, Chris Norman (likewise).
She said the film was a violation of her client's rights because it presented a "fictionalised" and "one-sided" view to the public as fact.
Ms Mauger-Poliak has not ruled out taking action against Warner Brothers to have the film suspended while the judge decides if the authorities have enough evidence for the case to go to trial.
In a daring move created to blur respectful reconstruction and Hollywood-glossed fiction, Eastwood casts the real-life heroes - Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone - in a chronologically fractured travelogue penned by first-time screenwriter Dorothy Blyskal. "We're just going to go and do it.' So he just kept it simple and said 'Be yourself and we're just going to capture it", he added.
They were hailed as heroes after the foiled attack -.
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Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer praised the two heroes, saying policing "was their calling and they did it right". President Trump sent thoughts and prayers to the officers, their families, and the police department in a tweet .
But the thing to admire about The 15:17 to Paris is precisely its artlessness.
Despite the terrifying nature of that day, Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler say it wasn't distressing for them to relive the encounter. Thankfully, I did not leave, and the film did improve once we arrived to the grownup version of the characters.
US Air Force Airman Spencer Stone charged at Ayoub El Khazzan after he wounded another passenger and managed to disarm him of the AK-47 and of a pistol which jammed as El Khazzan tried to shoot him. "Period. But you get asked to do so many of them", says Eastwood. "Some of them are even heroic".
And speaking of interesting, did you know that Lois Weber was not only the most important female director of Hollywood's silent era, she rivaled D.W. Griffith as the era's most important filmmaker? Remember, this the same man who made Gran Torino in 2008 - a film in which a creaky old man discovers the liberal within him - and a mere six years later, he directed American Sniper and convinced those that mattered that it deserved Oscars. Much of the film's middle portion, which focuses on the men backpacking through Europe in the days prior to the attack, feel especially superfluous, venturing into travelogue territory. "People put celebrities up on a pedestal but he lives up to everything". Eastwood, who has long favoured a lean, functional directing style, practises an economy here that makes some of his earlier movies look positively baroque.
"It was a lot of fun honestly".
"He just sprung it on us", Stone said. It was too astronomical for it to be just chance. By the time that objective comes to be, the film is nearly too lifeless to gain any frisson from the blood spilled on the train floor. Because his leads can't act - that sounds harsh, but remember, they're not actors - the film tries every trick in the book to make their performances less distracting. Stone said he had never felt more calm in his life than at that moment.