THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN [a Film Review]

There hasn’t been many thrillers as intriguing as 2014’s Gone Girl until the recent film, A Girl on the Train, starring Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, Sicario) as the titular character who watches a young couple’s private affection from her daily trip on the train, only to be embroiled in a mystery when the girl from the couple disappears.

The film starts off in a voyeuristic manner with Blunt’s character, Rachel Watson, always looking out of the train’s window to observe the houses that she passes by every morning and evening. With only snapshots of memory lasting only seconds, Rachel witnesses the occupants’ love and affection, from their private to their most intimate ones. Bearing only these snapshots, Rachel could only envision what love she could have possessed, if not for her self-destruction leading to her divorce. However, it is what was unseen that really intrigues us, especially in a thriller. Director Tate Taylor (The Help) plays this void of knowledge, coupled with Rachel’s alcoholic blackouts, to derive a story of unexpected twists and mystery. The audience is just as blind to the truth as Rachel seeks to find out what really happened behind the girl’s disappearance.

The film stars Emily Blunt, who displayed a great performance of a depressed woman seeking to piece together the puzzle of her memories, all while battling her own demons of divorce and alcoholism. A Girl on the Train, also stars Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation) and Haley Bennett (The Magnificent Seven), with wonderful performances coming from these two actresses too to give us a thriller event that ties the fates of these three women together forever.

A Girl on the Train is an intriguing thriller film that possesses interesting twists and revelations enough to keep you on the edge of your seats. As Blunt’s character seeks out the truth, the audience would be just as shocked with the story’s development.

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