Movie Review: The Girl on the Train (2016)

Synopsis: A divorced, unemployed and depressed alcoholic, Rachel, spends her days riding the commuter train to and from New York and, while riding the train, becomes fixated with a seemingly happily married woman living a couple doors down from her former home. When she witnesses the woman kissing another man, Rachel snaps and goes on a drinking binge and wakes up covered in blood with no memory of the night before. To make matters worse, the other woman, Megan, has gone missing.

Who's in it? The movie stars Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux and Luke Evans.

Review: My wife and I ended up having time to watch a movie last night and, after some debate, decided to watch this film, which we had on DVD from Netflix.

She was the one who originally put this movie on our Netflix list and, because of that, I really didn't know much about it other than the description made it sound like an interesting mystery. As it turns out, it was even better than I was expecting it to be.

I think the thing I liked best about this movie is, because of Rachel's (Blunt) blackout the night before, a variety of things were possible. She could have killed Megan (Bennett). She could have witnessed the crime. Or, Megan might have simply run away and Rachel's blood-soaked form could have been related to something completely different.

On top of it, unlike many other movies, where it is obvious the main character is wrongfully accused, there is plenty from Rachel's history (told through flashbacks), including potential violent outbursts and an apparent attempted kidnapping, that make her a viable suspect. This made her search for the truth much more interesting because we weren't sure what she would uncover.

On top of it, in addition to Rachel, there were a variety of other potential criminals, ranging from Megan's abusive husband (Evans) and the therapist (Edgar Ramirez) she is romantically involved with. Ultimately, I was able to figure it out about halfway through the movie. But, even though my theory ended up being correct, the film created just enough doubt to prevent me from being 100 percent sure until the very end.

Final Opinion: As I said before, I wasn't really sure what to think of this movie when we first started watching it. And, admittedly, it starts out a little slow. But, it proved to be a halfway decent mystery and I enjoyed watching it. If you haven't seen it yet, I do recommend it.

My Grade: A


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