The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

Tate Taylor (2016)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Being faithful isn't always a virtue, especially in adapting a novel as popular as Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train. It's a neat if rather too tidy domestic thriller and director Tate Taylor (The Help) doesn't add any surprises of his own. Relocating the action from London to New York adds little, but the casting of the usually fresh-faced Emily Blunt as a dumpy alcoholic represents the one compelling deviation. As Rachel, she seems more tragic for looking like the kind of woman others might envy. She obsesses about her ex (Justin Theroux) and his new wife (Rebecca Ferguson) while projecting a romantic fantasy onto their neighbour Megan (Haley Bennett), all of whom live by the railway line that takes Rachel into Manhattan. When Megan goes missing during one of Rachel's booze-fuelled blackouts, Rachel wonders if she has crossed a line, and a need to ingratiate herself with Megan's husband (Luke Evans) brings added psychological depth to a formulaic mystery. The truth of what happened to Megan is never as intriguing as the mystery of who Rachel really is - and what she is capable of - and it's that particular element that draws you into the story.


Having lost her job and her husband, alcoholic Rachel Watson spends time aimlessly travelling on a train. She gets drawn into a web of intrigue when she becomes fascinated by a woman's disappearance. Rachel thinks she has vital evidence in cracking the case, but gaps in her memory cloud her judgment, and before long her own life is endangered. Thriller based on Paula Hawkins' novel, starring Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux and Luke Evans.

Cast & Crew

Rachel Watson Emily Blunt
Anna Watson Rebecca Ferguson
Megan Hipwell Haley Bennett
Tom Watson Justin Theroux
Scott Hipwell Luke Evans
Detective Riley Allison Janney
Dr Kamal Abdic Edgar Ramirez
Martha Lisa Kudrow
Cathy Laura Prepon
Director Tate Taylor
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudityAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 Oct 2016