Opened: October 7, 2016
Directed by: Tate Taylor
Starring: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Haley Bennett, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Édgar Ramírez, Lisa Kudrow & Laura Prepon
Based on Paula Hawkins’ 2015 novel of the same name, The Girl on the Train is less captivating than its source despite a strong performance by lead actress Emily Blunt.
Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) is an alcoholic whom fantasizes about the life of two people – Scott and Megan Hipwell (Luke Evans & Haley Bennett) – as she sees them from the train every day. When Megan turns up murdered, Rachel takes it into her own hands to figure out what happened.
All of the characters feel a bit hollow here. While they all have interesting stories and suffer at the hands of the men around them, there’s little development, which leaves them feeling bland.
Though the book was a page-turner, the movie continues on without a sense of urgency and instead relies on its twists.
Final say: Entertaining, but not thrilling. ★★★☆☆