Based on the non-fiction book The 15:17 To Paris: The True Story Of A Terrorist, A Train, And Three American Soldiers, director Clint Eastwood’s propulsive thriller casts three real-life heroes as themselves in a dramatisation of a 2015 attack on board a train travelling from Amsterdam to the French capital.
Anthony Sadler (playing playing himself), Alek Skarlatos (playing himself) and Spencer Stone (playing himself) grow up together in Sacramento County, California, attending the same high school.
After graduation, Skarlatos enlists with the Oregon Army National Guard and is posted to Afghanistan while Stone decides to service his country in the United States Air Force.
During a break from active duty, the three friends embark on a sightseeing trip around Europe, including a train ride to Paris via Brussels.
A 25-year-old Moroccan man called Ayoub El-Khazzani (Ray Corasani) is also on board and he emerges from one of the train’s toilets carrying an assault rifle.
Passengers flee in terror and Stone turns in his seat to see the gunman walking into his carriage.
He decides to charge at the El-Khazzani, whose rifle jams, and proceeds to restrain the attacker with the assistance of Sadler and Skarlatos in the hope they can prevent loss of life.
On general release.