The Girl on the Train

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

THOUGH based on the book of the same name by Paula Hawkins, this movie pales in com­par­i­son.

While the book was a thriller that you could not put down, the movie moves at a snail’s pace. That’s why the big re­veal in the end lacks the im­pact of the book.

The setting for the story has been changed from Lon­don to New York in the movie but like the book, the story still fo­cuses on three women.

The first is Rachel (Blunt), an al­co­holic, un­em­ployed di­vorcee who takes the train to and from the city, and watches the peo­ple who live in the nice homes along the tracks.

Then, there’s Anna (Fer­gu­son), who is mar­ried to Rachel’s ex- hus­band Tom Wat­son (Th­er­oux), and fi­nally, Megan (Ha­ley Ben­nett), Anna and Tom’s nanny who is mar­ried to hunky Scott Hip­well (Luke Evans).

In the movie, Rachel is fas­ci­nated by Megan and Scott, imag­in­ing them to be in a per­fect, happy re­la­tion­ship. The cou­ple also hap­pen to live near the house that Rachel once shared with­Tom.

One day, she sees Megan kiss­ing a stranger and Rachel is in­fu­ri­ated. She later gets drunk and tries to con­front Megan, but ends up wak­ing up in her rented room all bruised and bloody.

She then reads in the news that Megan has gone miss­ing, and that the po­lice are search­ing for her.

The lead de­tec­tive (Al­li­son Jan­ney) shows up at Rachel’s home and tells her that she has been spot­ted in the area where Megan was last seen.

It has also not es­caped the de­tec­tive’s no­tice that Megan bears a strik­ing re­sem­blance to Anna, who has pre­vi­ously ac­cused Rachel of ha­rass­ment.

Rachel then ap­proaches Scott at his home, pre­tend­ing to be Megan’s girl­friend and telling about the stranger she saw with his wife.

Scott iden­ti­fies him as Dr Ka­mal Ab­dic (Edgar Ramirez), a ther­a­pist Megan had been see­ing.

How­ever, Rachel’s med­dling only gets her into more trou­ble.

If you haven’t read the book, you will fig­ure things out quickly. But if you have read the book, then you will be dis­ap­pointed with what the movie has to of­fer.

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