The Girl on the Train (2016) Movie Review

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The Girl on the Train (2016)

2016 | R | Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Crime
112 minutes / 1h 52min

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The Girl on the Train Plot Synopsis:

The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down -- Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.

The Girl on the Train (2016) Review

The Girl on the Train (2016) is a rated R 1h 52 min American mystery-crime-drama thriller drama film that was shot in several locations in New York, USA and was based on Paula Hawkins’ novel, The Girl on the Train. The movie grossed over $173 million from a $45 million budget with filming beginning on November 4, 2015, and finishing on January 30, 2016. Director Tate Taylor (The Help (2011), Get on Up (2014), Pretty Ugly People (2008)) did not succeed in executing an above average movie that I would not recommend. The film contains violence, bad language, sexual content, nudity, goofs, alcoholic, infidelity, bludgeoned to death, fear, strangulation, death, and blood splatter.

The Girl on the Train revolves around an alcoholic divorcée, Rachel (Emily Blunt - Sicario (2015), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Looper (2012), The Devil Wears Prada (2006)) who is obsessed with her ex-husband and his wife. Rachel becomes part of a missing person investigation involving Megan (Haley Bennett - The Equalizer (2014), The Magnificent Seven (2016), Marley & Me (2008)) who is a female that Rachel see’s on the train on her commute.

I dislike the flashback/flashforward moments in the movie and felt it had something to do with the film’s downfall. I was so lost during the first thirty minutes of the film to the point where I was asking my co-movie watcher what is going on although I did not care but needed to understand for this review. Emily Blunt was miscast for the role of a drunk as she cannot seem to elevate the role and the makeup job done on her did not help one bit. None of the actors fit their roles and was not believable.

It was a painful watch, but I gave this film a three because the movie was a disaster from beginning to end with terrible directing, screenplay, editing, cinematography, lighting, sound, sets and lack emotions. The score of a two was for the intense scenes that made me felt a little tension.

  • The Girl on the Train Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 3
  • Overall Score: 4.47
  • IMDB: 6.5
  • MetaCritic: 4.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 4.5

About The Girl on the Train 2016

Title: The Girl on the Train
Year: 2016
Runtime: 112 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Crime
Score: 1.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.24/5 stars from 141,444 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 141,444
MPAA Rating: R
The Girl on the Train Cast Starring: Johnny Otto, Luke Evans, Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Doris McCarthy, Allison Janney, Marko Caka, Faith Logan, Edgar Ramírez, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Ross Gibby, Edgar Ramírez, Mauricio Ovalle, Alexander Jameson, Jalina Mercado, Samantha Lee Johnson, Sergei Ashurov, Jesse VanDerveer, Sidney Beitz, Tim Wiencis, Laura Prepon, Mia Bottino, Danielle M. Williamson, Darren Goldstein, Brian Esposito, Lynne Valley, Lisa Kudrow, Paul Galbraith, Ian Michael Stone
The Girl on the Train Writers: Erin Cressida Wilson, Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train Director: Tate Taylor
Box Office: $75,311,445
Production: Universal Pictures
Language: English, Spanish
Country: USA