The Girl On the Train

Jays Rating:

The Paula Hawkins mystery-thriller novel titled, The Girl On the Train, spent fifteen weeks at number one on the New York Times bestseller list and is now a movie that will keep you perched on the edge of your seat. Every day Rachel (Emily Blunt) commutes to New York on a train that passes the house where she used to live with her ex-husband Tom (Justin Theroux). Tom still lives there – only now he has a new wife Anna (Rebecca Ferguson) and a baby. Rachel, who was unable to get pregnant took the divorce badly and became an alcoholic. Every morning and every evening Rachel stares out the train window to see her old house and to observe another couple that lives a few houses away. The couple, Megan (Haley Bennett) and Scott (Luke Evans) seem to have the perfect marriage, that is until one day while riding by the houses, Rachel sees something involving Megan that shocks her. The next morning, she wakes up with bruises, bloody clothes, a hangover, and learns that Megan has disappeared. Unable to remember anything, Rachel begins investigating to find out what she did that night and most of all what happened to Megan. (Isn’t that a job for the police?) I was excited to see this film because I – along with everybody else – absolutely loved the 2014 mystery thriller, Gone Girl. The first half of this film was kind of hard to figure out with scenes jumping back in time then forward again. (Not being able to see the time jump helped with the confusion.) The movie was obviously trying to set up the story and develop the characters, but it took some time to gain any traction. (Get it? Traction on a train track?) The second half slowly began to make more sense, and the end had some really good twists. Emily Blunt’s character was quite intriguing, and she was fantastic in every scene. The location in the book is actually in England where Rachel travels to London every day on a commuter train. This film begins a little shaky at first (another train comment), but it’s exciting and thrilling in the end, and I’m giving it a B- rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA