Friday, July 21, 2017

Movie review: The Girl on the Train

 On her daily train commute, divorcee Rachel passes her old house and watches with interest. She also watches a neighboring couple and imagines their wonderful life. But after witnessing a scene with the neighboring couple that shatters her perfect image, Rachel finds herself mired in a mystery.

Emily Blunt (Rachel), Haley Bennett (Megan), Rebecca Ferguson (Anna), Justin Theroux (Tom), Luke Evans (Scott), Edgar Ramirez (Dr. Abdic), Laura Prepon (Cathy), Allison Janney (Det. Riley), Darren Goldstein (Man).

The Girl on the Train follows the life of divorcee Rachel, whose inability to move past her failed marriage and dreams of a perfect life is driving her to ruin. When her obsession with her ex-husband and neighbors pulls her into a murder mystery, her problems grow and her life spirals into chaos.
While the plot in this one is good, delivery is somewhat problematic. Using diversion, of both plot and characters, the film moves slowly through some drama points before the truth is presented in the second half. The result is a somewhat boring film that finally grabs attention when the full picture is presented, feeling like something of a cheat.

Acting was good with Blunt delivering a difficult role quite well. Bennett and Ferguson also both did nicely with good emotion throughout. Theroux was enjoyable, solid, and fit his role nicely. Evans also fit his role well and contributed nicely. The remainder of the supporting cast was enjoyable throughout.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are fairly simple but fit the film well. Dialogue was a bit dry at times but pretty good. Sound and soundtrack are nicely done.

Overall The Girl on the Train is an interesting, albeit slow moving, murder mystery made unique primarily due to the storytelling method used. Those who enjoy a solid murder mystery should enjoy this one. Those who dislike films that withhold information to perpetuate the mystery may be disappointed.

With plenty of sexuality, nudity, violence, foul language, excessive alcohol use including alcoholism, domestic abuse, assault and more, save this one for adults and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 7.12.17
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama, Thriller, Crime Thriller

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