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The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson’s life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down — Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.
THROUGHOUT THE SECOND act of The Girl on the Train Rachel (Emily Blunt) is the key suspect in a missing person’s case and she asked a load of questions by Detective Riley (Allison Janney) the leader of the case, however Rachel doesn’t quite know how to answer the questions she is given so the Detective just leaves without saying another word. It’s a scene that is drowned out by dry melodrama and a lot of anguish as Rachel is entangled in the case and is trying to figure out how that girl went missing. Booze, sex, lies, violence, and murder are a very prominent theme throughout Paula Hawkins’ 2015 best-selling murder/mystery/thriller page turner, and naturally when a novel like that is being made on for the big screen there are many attributes to consider. Where is it set? How many thrills are there? In the novel there are many unencumbered and unexpected thrills that are dark and tend to lead to a lot of violence. However the adaptation into the big screen written by Erin Cressida Wilson with the help of the novel, the trills are limited and are expected, with little violence, mainly focusing on the booze and the sex. The novel is set in a fictional town in Buckinghamshire surrounded by beautiful English houses and countryside, whereas the movie is set in New York State and Rachel takes the train every day from upstate New York to Downtown Manhattan it’s a mistake that cannot be forgiven.
The film mostly focuses on the main character Rachel a divorcée with a severe drinking problem Emily Blunt’s performance as Rachel is almost convincing but with a huge amount of star power blocking her from pulling off a fully convincing alcoholic, throughout the film she also serves as an almost reliable narrator for nearly all of her screen-time and while Blunt is a fine actress her performance is decent and only just manages to stop the train from derailing off the tracks. It’s a rather starry cast mostly focusing on Blunt the other women Hayley Bennett, who plays Megan Hepwell is a young woman who has many secrets at hand, she is mainly used as the Nanny of Anna’s (Rebecca Ferguson) daughter, but she has a dark secret, it turns out that she is a user trying to get other men’s pants. The characters have human flaws which are good for the human touch so they are relate-able; dealing with real life situations about, what happens when someone you love cheats on you? The answer you’ll be pleased to find out unfolds throughout the film. However these other two characters maybe the focus but they are just used as an accessory and feel a little limited in their development. The story is very unbalanced, with the location being wrong and the poorly written dialogue, the film relies on its decent performances to keep it going but even then doesn’t fully succeed, and it’s filled with giant gaping holes that can’t be fixed.
Every scene that comes through the film until the strong foreseeable thrill towards the end almost out stay their welcome and nearly all of them promise a thrill with a lot violence do not succumb, so as you’re shuffling in your seat through the dry melodrama wondering where the story is going. Director Tate Taylor may not be name that is on everyone’s lips but his previous venture involved Chadwick Boseman as international soul superstar James Brown, it almost seems as if this was bearing down on and hoping to be perfect however it’s a challenge that he couldn’t quite complete. Throughout it feels like a rather rough pitch between Strangers on a Train and Rear Window and almost feels very familiar as the story goes on, thankfully as it gets the third it manages to steer away from that feeling of familiarity. Thankfully, the start of The Girl on the Train it starts off slow and carries on that way for about forty to forty five minutes and it seems as if the film is going to carry on this way filled with a lot of drama and almost upsetting moments as the film steers on, but the immense escapade of foreseeable thrills takes away the chance to settle with the movie, that now relies on it’s cast and performances to keep it going. It almost doesn’t need saying but this an awful adaptation that may not see Oscar glory.
Does the film pick itself up towards the third act? Yes; and just in the nick of time in a montage scene that shows what really happened to Megan and how she became front page news of the city, in a scene that unfolds with plenty of violence and drama but unfortunately has yet another poorly executed thrill that shamefully sticks out like a sore thumb, it’s a rather expected turn of events as Rachel and Anna are figuring out who kidnapped and murdered Megan turns out that the suspect was right in front of their eyes. Aside from all of the shameful poorly written dialogue and poorly executed final thrill, it’s a very ambitious adaptation that relies on its decent performances with a small sense of familiarity.
VERDICT: While it’s an ambitious big-screen adaptation of a best-selling page turner, that’s filled with decent performances that manage to keep the train from derailing. But overall there is no escaping that this is an unfathomably poorly executed thriller with a poor script.