The Girl on the Train
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.