Film Review: The Girl on the Train

The stories of three women are interwoven in this suspenseful film that is often compared to the 2014 psychological thriller, Gone Girl.

Shortly after finishing the book by Paula Hawkins, I found out that Emily Blunt would be playing the role of Rachel Watson, The Girl on the Train, in the movie. I couldn’t wait.

The story follows Rachel as she commutes to New York every day, passing the house where she used to live with the man who used to be her husband. But while Tom has moved on with his life – he is married to the beautiful Anna and they have a gorgeous baby girl together – Rachel struggles to come to terms with her failed marriage and life in general. Alcohol is her coping mechanism.

She becomes fixated on the lives of a young couple, Scott and Megan Hipwell, whom she watches from the train every day. In her mind they are living the perfect love story, the perfect life, the life she wishes she had. But when Rachel witnesses something on the couple’s balcony, the perfect world she created for them comes crashing down.

Rachel wakes up one morning with bruises and a bloodied face, no recollection of what happened the night before, and the news that Megan Hipwell has gone missing. She makes it her business to tell Scott what she saw and soon she is drawn in much deeper than anticipated.

What could have happened to Megan? Is her husband Scott involved in her disappearance? And what took place on the night that Rachel can’t recall?

Emily Blunt embodies the character of Rachel Watson. With purpose and skill, this The Devil Wears Prada actress proves her versatility and worthiness of the role. For me, she is what makes this spellbinding film, great.

Admittedly, it’s not as good as Gone Girl, but with a few disturbing scenes and an unexpected twist, The Girl on the Train will keep you guessing until the end.

Featured image credit: Universal Pictures

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