THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
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.