Rachel Watson, devastated by her recent divorce, 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.
Relentlessly grim yet unengaging, despite a committed performance from Emily Blunt at the centre of it. Fractured narrative can work brilliantly when a master like Christopher Nolan is in charge. This just felt like a boilerplate chick-lit murder mystery thrown into a blender to hide the thinness of its story.
ColinJ was right, there's nothing I would add.
**The mystery man and the gone girl!** It is one of those films that I thought I saw everything from its trailer. Not just me, many others said the same. Those we were never read the original source. Yes, it was based on the book of the same name. I really liked it. Unpredictable, but once it reveals its secret, it feels so simple that we'd missed. Straightforward storytelling. No flashbacks. Great characters, but that's where the story had a strong grip. Especially when the suspense unveiled, you might say all the earlier events were in the wrong direction, which were intentionally done to divert viewer's envision. An alcoholic woman who daily takes the train to work, witnesses out of the window a woman happily married and living the life of her dream. When one day she sees a mysterious man with her, the tale takes a twist. Following the suspense, what she finds and how the film ends are the remaining part. Emily Blunt was very good. There are other characters, but it was Emily's story, told from her perspective. Recognisable role with an award, but the film's theme was an adult. Not like sexual exploration, but the basic outline was drawn out of such concept. One of the finest crime-mystery in the recent time, so surely worth a watch. _7/10_
***Tortuous, tedious and unpleasant psychological crime drama*** A divorced alcoholic (Emily Blunt) who regularly travels the train that parallels the Hudson River north of New York City is fixated on a house in her old neighborhood. When the woman of that house comes up missing, the girl on the train becomes entangled in the investigation. Justin Theroux plays her ex-husband, Rebecca Ferguson his new wife, Haley Bennett the missing woman, Luke Evans the missing woman’s husband and Edgar Ramírez her therapist. “The Girl on the Train” (2016) is a melancholy adult-oriented crime drama/mystery in the mold of “Derailed” (2005), “The Clearing” (2004), "Snow Angels" (2007), “The River King” (2005) and even “Mystic River” (2003). But it’s by far the least of these. As far as technical filmmaking and cast go, there’s no issue. The problem is the unpleasant story, its lack of sympathetic characters and the partly-troubling message at the end. The tale starts off confusing, but everything naturally comes together by the end and makes sense. Unfortunately, the journey there isn’t very compelling and, like I said, the more you get to know the main characters the less you care for them, with one exception. The ultimate message is worthy, but also troubling if you think about it. I can’t say anymore without giving anything away. At the end of the day this is an ugly flick with not enough to redeem it. The movies cited above also have seriously unsavory elements, but they override the ugliness one way or another. The film runs 1 hour, 52 minutes, and was shot entirely in New York: the Hudson River area north of the city, as well as the city itself from Bear Mountain in the closing scene. GRADE: C/C-