The Girl on the Train

Image: Dreamworks Pictures

Piece by piece this tale of deceit, misdirection, adultery, and murder builds together.

Based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train is the story of three women; Rachel (Emily Blunt), a divorced alcoholic, Anna (Rebecca Ferguson), the new wife of Rachel’s ex-husband, and Megan (Haley Bennett), nanny to Anna’s daughter. When Megan goes missing we are drawn into the spiral.

The story itself starts relatively slow, building and layering upon itself. I personally started to get a slightly unsettled feeling the longer I watched, largely in part to the feel that you’re an outsider looking into somebody else’s life. While you are told the story from the points of view of the three leading women, it’s still difficult to feel like you belong.

As the story progresses, its jumps from person to person, forward and back in time, gradually form a puzzle. The longer you watch, the more of the picture you can begin to fill in for yourself.

While the movie on its own isn’t necessarily spectacular, the acting from the main cast is quite outstanding. Emily Blunt in particular is a stand out figure. Her portrayal of an alcoholic, emotionally unstable woman who can hardly trust what her own memory is telling her will have you on the edge of your seat.

If for no other reason, Blunt’s performance makes this film one to see.

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