Film review by Steve Duffy –
Based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, ‘The Girl On The Train’ tells the story of Rachel (Emily Blunt), devastated by her recent divorce, who spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
Emily Blunt was perfectly cast as the alcoholic train commuting heroine.
The hopping back and forth in time to tell the story of how the three female leads lives are intertwined gets a little messy, so make sure you pay close attention.
The performances are strong especially the female cast. I would have liked to see more from Lisa Kudrow and Allison Janney. They both had very small, but important supporting parts.
The men of the film, Justin Theroux, Edgar Ramirez, and Luke Evans are all interchangeable.
Rebecca Ferguson who plays Anna, Justin Theroux’s second wife, is a bit forgettable.
Fans of the book will be glad that the film mostly stays true to the book. However, the transition from book to big screen is a little bumpy.
Rating: R for violence, sexual content, language and nudity
Runtime: 112 minutes.