The Girl on the Train (2016)


“Lying is like taking a trip. It’s like having a secret.” – Megan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A woman who spends her days riding a train through the countryside imagining the lives of the people she sees gets involved with a missing persons case when one of the people she observes mysteriously disappears.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been looking forward to seeing for quite some time yet never got around to it.

It starts off really well but quickly gets too convoluted for its own good an dit’s easy to lose interest in what is happening.

None of the characters are developed well enough and they all seem like caricatures that all fit a certain kind of role without much originality.

The plot itself gets quite predictable as things move along and they leave the viewer will little to really care about.

Emily Blunt is the sole standout here and she gives a great performance here but no matter how hard she tries, she can’t help make this film any better than average.

This film is based on a best selling novel by the same name.

Having not read it, I’m not sure if the book handles these situations better or not but I wonder whether the book keeps the story more entertaining and also builds up the story in a more conducive way.

Bottom Line – This film actually starts off really well and then gets too convoluted for its own good. The plot is quite predictable and the characters all feel like caricatures instead of being developed properly.  Blunt stands out as the lead but even she can’t help this film from being just average.  Having not read the book, I wonder if that is more entertaining and whether it builds things up much better.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The book that this film is based on is actually set in England, and Rachel Watson gets the train into London. Emily Blunt is from London, England. For this film, the location was changed to New York but Rachel speaks with Emily’s natural British accent in keeping with author Paula Hawkins’ vision.  (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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6 thoughts on “The Girl on the Train (2016)

  1. I have read the novel and it is pretty faithful to it. You have to pay attention. It does get fairly twisty – but it worked for me. As a matter of fact, I liked it (the book AND the film) better than the more successful GONE GIRL – to which I would have made the same comment – that it starts out well (although I never for a second bought the set up that the man killed his wife) and completely unravels at the end.

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