Arts

Films released this week: Fifty Shades Freed and The 15:17 To Paris

Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Freed

FIFTY SHADES FREED (18, 105 mins) Drama/Romance/Thriller

Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Arielle Kebbel. Director: James Foley

Released: February 9 (UK & Ireland)

THE rump and pump of EL James's literary threesome, adapted for the screen by Kelly Marcel and the author's husband, Niall Leonard, comes to a headboard-thumping climax in Fifty Shades Freed, directed by James Foley.

When we left heroine Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) at the end of Fifty Shades Darker, her riding crop-wielding beau - buff billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) - had just emerged unscathed from crash-landing his helicopter, and lecherous fiction editor Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson) was poised to wreak revenge on Ana for getting him the sack for sexual harassment.

In the third and final picture, Ana walks down the aisle to Christian in front of friends and family including his mother Grace (Marcia Gay Harden), brother Elliot (Luke grimes) and sister Mia (Rita Ora).

The happy couple look forward to building a new life together in a luxurious home designed by architect Gia Matteo (Arielle Kebbel) but the return of Jack during the honeymoon puts both Ana and Christian in jeopardy.

They rely on bodyguards Jason Taylor (Max Martini) and Luke Sawyer (Brant Daugherty) to keep them safe while Ana has unfinished business with Elena Lincoln (Kim Basinger), the woman who seduced Christian when he was 15 and refuses to let him go.

It's time for Mrs Steele-Grey (ho ho!) to stand by her man.

THE 15:17 TO PARIS (15, 94 mins) Drama/History/Thriller

Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, Thomas Lennon. Director: Clint Eastwood

Released: February 9 (UK & Ireland)

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 (himself), Alek Skarlatos (himself) and Spencer Stone (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.

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