Written by Erin Cressida Wilson, Directed by Tate Taylor and starring Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train has been transfered from suburban Britain to the USA for the film version of the book of the same name.
Emily Blunt is Rachel, divorced from her husband,falling into alcoholism and spending her days travelling back on the forth on the train as her life spirals out of control.Every day she passes her old home on the train,sees her ex-husband with his new wife and their new born baby and gradually becomes fascinated with the lives of the next door neighbours,Scott and Megan whom Rachel believes to have the perfect marriage.Whilst passing by the house one day on the train,a drunk Rachel sees Megan kissing another man and believing that Megan is ruining her perfect relationship with Scott,Rachel sets off to confront Megan only to find herself waking up after a blackout,covered in blood at home and Megan reported missing presumed dead.Can Rachel put the pieces together in her head to remember what happened or is she actually to blame for Megan’s disappearance..?
The film is a slow-burner,slowly but surely engrossing the audience as the tension and trauma of Rachel’s slow fall into despair unfolds before our eyes.Emily Blunt is just superb as the down-beaten,near-rock bottom Rachel and the glue that holds this film together.Her performance captivates from beginning to end whilst the story unfolds and the plot thickens.Keep focused though as the other characters,especially the two blondes,get blurred in the mix and it’s often hard to keep up with what is going on with who..
Overall though,it is a superb film and even the close-up camera shots [something I am not a big fan of] make the angst and suspense real and believable as Rachel’s life unravels before our eyes.it’s also,at times,scarier than some horror films that I’ve seen recently.. ! [Don’t Breathe]
One of the best films out at the moment and a must see for anyone who is a fan of murder mysteries and Agatha Christie styled whodunnits..
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