In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris, an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans travelling through Europe. This movie follows the course of the friends' lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than five hundred passengers on-board.
The boarding of the three service men was filmed in Amsterdam Central, while the boarding of the terrorist was filmed in Brussels Midi. Both locations are correct, although throughout the final cut of the movie, the city of Brussels is never mentioned. See more »
Throughout the film, the scars from the real attack are visible on Spencer Stone. See more »
My name is Anthony Sadler. You're probably wondering why a brother like me is hanging out with these two crackers. But trust me, they're my two closest friends. Let me introduce you. This is Alek Skarlatos, the robot. He's a strong guy. He'll always have your back whenever you're in trouble. And this is Spencer Stone. You don't have to worry about him having your back in trouble because I'm sure he'll find it first. Seems like the three of us have been gettin' each other...
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There's a scene during the credits, showing real footage of the trio in a parade in Sacramento. Texts on screen tell us that they were all awarded medals. See more »
Written by Adam Taylor, Cayson Peterson, Joseph Dickens, Joseph King, Micah Pueschel and William Rediske
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I plan to see the movie tomorrow, but reading the user reviews reminds me of our current political climate...a polarized nation. It seems people either loved or hated this film. This film is not a phony, bombastic Hollywood action thriller, it's real life. Real life isn't filled with non-stop action, constant intrigue and perpetual interest.
I'm considering that Eastwood found this story compelling from the standpoint of contrast. To live a terrorist event would certainly disrupt most people's mundane life. Put yourself in the shoes of the heroes. Imagine being on vacation somewhere enjoying yourself then being suddenly thrown into a life-or-death situation. That's what I plan to do. The mundane makes the event more intense.
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