The Girl on the Train (2016)
Let me see if I can clearly explain this very unique story for you. Rachael (Emily Blunt) was married to Tom (Justin Theroux) but he left her for Anna (Rebecca Ferguson) whom he was having an affair with. Fast forward 2 years and Rachael has become a lonely drunk who rides a train to work that goes right by her old house that Tom still lives in with Anna and their baby girl. Rachael daydreams and obsesses over this house and what she lost, but as she spends her time seeing her old home from this train, she can’t help but notice the young blonde woman (Haley Bennett) 2 houses down. Rachael doesn’t know her name, but she likes her. She wishes she knew her and was her friend, however, when this woman ends up missing, Rachel is the #1 suspect and the police come asking questions.
I didn’t like this movie one bit! The story is convoluted and told is such a way that will confuse you. It has a back and forth style that moves between present day and events in the past, however, the movie isn’t very clear as to what events took place when. Not to mention, the set up and character introduction is very awkward. Most movies will kind of spell out what is going on, but in this, you are left to piece together the very unique and detailed plot on your own. Because of this factor, I didn’t care one bit about any of the characters. They were uninteresting to me and even if they got my sympathy, the movie doesn’t allow me to care.
The first half of the movie is the part that almost had me get up and leave. The plot was a mess and the characters were uninteresting. I had no idea where this movie was headed. Once Megan (the blonde neighbor) goes missing, things begin to take shape. The movie becomes a little more interesting that leads us to a typical mystery ending that I wish had followed in the footsteps of the rest of the film. I won’t go into details so I don’t spoil anything, but I felt the ending should have gone the route of shock like Gone Girl did rather than the safe ending. Speaking of Gone Girl, if you go read my review for that movie, you can see I gave it an “ok” rating but was disappointed. Compared to this movie, I would rather watch Gone Girl once a week for the rest of my life than see this again. This movie is jacked up and adds elements that were unnecessary. It is sad, depressing and just daunting. You will leave the theater feeling helpless and needing to take a long bath to get the stink of this film off of you.
The only positive about this movie was Emily Blunt! She gives a well rounded performance and shows us she is capable of being a lead star in Hollywood. I hope we continue to see more from her as this movie shows us how well she can truly act! Other than her, this movie will be forgotten about because no one will want to see this movie again. If you do, you might want to look in the mirror and ask yourself why… Co-starring Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Lisa Kudrow, Edgar Rodriguez and Laura Prepon.
4/10 Stars – The ending might have saved it from a 2 or 3 rating, but the daunting story, passionless characters and sad nature of the whole package keeps this from being a quality mystery thriller.