North & South - - Review - VIR­GINIA LAR­SON

Thriller ( R16)

This adap­ta­tion of Paula Hawkins’ best­selling novel, The Girl on the Train, was never go­ing to out-thrill Gone Girl – Gil­lian Flynn’s even bet­ter-sell­ing book and the movie it in­spired. And you need a Venn di­a­gram to keep track of Train’s hus­bands and wives, exes, lovers and cheaters. What keeps you watch­ing is Emily Blunt’s bravura per­for­mance as Rachel: di­vorced, lonely, jit­tery, al­co­hol-mud­dled Rachel, rid­ing the train past her old house to keep watch on her ex-hus­band, his new wife and child – then let­ting that ob­ses­sion wan­der to the beau­ti­ful wo­man next door. But when Rachel sees some­thing shock­ing, the fan­tasy lives she’s cre­ated spill into a far more dan­ger­ous re­al­ity. Worth catch­ing, just for the ride.

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