The Girl on the Train (2016), Dir. Tate Taylor

The Girl on the Train (2016), Dir. Tate Taylor
A teacher once told me I was the mistress of self reinvention...
— Megan Hipwell, The Girl on the Train (2016)

Stars: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramírez, Laura Prepon, Lisa Kudrow.
Director: Tate Taylor
Screenplay: Erin Cressida Wilson

This film gets the award for best trailer; 2016. The problem with having the best trailer makes this film feels less than was promised to us. With the expectation of Gone Girl to sit through The Girl on the Train is a bit of a disappointment.

The disappointment comes from the film's inability to sustain a suspense in its direction, editing, and screenplay. There is real intrigue as the twist in The Girl on the Train is one that could really hit you quite hard if the film allowed you to actually feel it. It never quite keeps your interest and the lives and twist feel too shallow to really be credited as a suspense thriller.

Set around the perspective of a lonely, Alcoholic woman—Rachel (Emily Blunt) who everyday rides on the train and becomes obsessed with the life of a woman she sees from her seats window. It sets up an unsettling tone; following a protagonist who you don't trust or really like creates an interesting viewing experience. However though Rachel is our protagonist I am allured into the story of the woman who she watches, Megan (Haley Bennett). Her story is the interesting one; a woman who has never felt like she is living the life she wants, settling for suburban life when she could be doing anything. But this film suffers from showing too many perspectives in the story; a story that would hold more intrigue if there were less players.

If you go into this film with low expectations then it could be a good watch. Emily Blunt is pretty good here, she makes be not like her which is hard to do and I learn to get behind her character as the film goes along. The real welcome surprise is from Haley Bennett, I haven't really seen any of her work but she created the most interesting character on screen. The men (Luke Evans and Justin Theroux) do a good job with supporting roles but there is not enough time for them to reveal any depths in their characters. It is a good try but a bit of a miss for me.