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With four wins each at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes for his efforts behind the camera, no one will deny that Clint Eastwood is one of the most consistently strong filmmakers of the modern age. However, a superlative that is not thrown away very often is “ambitious”, with 3:17 p.m. to Paris proving to be an experimental swing and a fail of the Hollywood icon.
A dramatic retelling of the titular train ride that captured the world’s imagination, the incredible story of three young Americans who thwarted a terrorist attack and saved the lives of more than 500 passengers was positively dripping in cinematic potential (and by extension awards season). .
However, Eastwood’s boldest decision proved to be the film’s undoing, after he opted not to cast the actors in the lead roles and instead had Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos play himself. themselves. It was a great call from the filmmaker, and while it certainly helped deepen the realism, unsurprisingly, the trio weren’t cut out to lead a $30 million movie in their respective debuts.
Many people play themselves on screen, but having all three real-life heroes take their bows in the dramatization of their genuine heroism backfired, with one of the biggest recurring criticisms of 3:17 p.m. to Paris being the turns of wood and of a note of the cables.
And yet Netflix users can’t get enough of the vérité dramatic thriller this week, with Eastwood’s misjudged feature currently ranked as the eighth most-watched title among subscribers in the United States, according to FlixPatrol. Clearly, that 23 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes hasn’t done anything to stop people from pushing the game.