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The Girl on the Train

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 2016
  • Tate Taylor
  • 107 mins
  • 15

Summary

Mystery thriller based on the bestselling novel, starring Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson. Divorce is made all the more painful for Rachel Watson because her morning commute takes her past the home where her ex-husband lives with his new wife. Rachel becomes curious about an attractive couple living close by, and her interest develops into an obsession when the woman is declared missing. Although convinced she may know something about the disappearance, Rachel's strained emotional state and a history of alcohol abuse make her story hard to believe.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Rachel WatsonEmily Blunt
Anna WatsonRebecca Ferguson
Megan HipwellHaley Bennett
Tom WatsonJustin Theroux
Scott HipwellLuke Evans
Detective RileyAllison Janney
Dr Kamal AbdicEdgar Ramirez
MarthaLisa Kudrow
CathyLaura Prepon

Crew

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DirectorTate Taylor

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment One
Released on
2016-10-05
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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