The Girl On The Train (15)

The Girl On The Train is a psychological thriller based on Paula Hawkins’s best-selling novel. We watch as our alcoholic heroine named Rachel (Emily Blunt) struggles to uncover the truth after becoming the lead suspect in a murder investigation.

Unable to get over the breakdown of her marriage with Tom (Justin Theroux) Rachel she rides the same train past their old house every day. She fantasies about a life she will never have. It’s obsessive, a ritual routine that she’s trapped in. Until one day everything changes when Rachel spots something she shouldn’t have and all hell breaks loose.

The commuter witnesses something shocking unfold in the backyard of her old neigbour’s home. Rachel tells the authorities what she thinks she saw after learning that the women she saw, Megan (Haley Bennett), is now missing and feared dead. Unable to trust her own memory, the troubled woman begins her own investigation. However police suspect that the alcoholic may have crossed a dangerous line.

Rachel suffers with drunken blackouts and bouts of aggression so when Megan who resembles Tom’s new wife goes missing, she doesn’t know if she was involved or not. When the police question Rachel she really doesn’t know what happened that night. But who is going to believe an alcoholic sociopath who has hit rock bottom?

Bluntly put The Girl On The Train sucks. The whole thing derails thanks to the sporadic storyline, drawn out drunken scenes and lack of character development. Emily Blunt disappoints in her lead role as does Justin Theroux.

This is a poor man’s Gone Girl. You don’t have to pay too much attention to get the just of what’s happening. It’s like car crash TV on the big screen. The whole thing is a disappointment from start to finish. There wasn’t any element that I could pin point as great or even good.

This movie is really scraping the barrel when it comes to thrillers. It simply isn’t good enough. A thriller should challenge you, not make the storyline so simplistic that it doesn’t matter if you dozed off half way through the movie you can catch up in less than a minute. The Girl On The Train is a one-way ticket to boredom town.

By Ruth Walker

★☆☆☆☆

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