In the thriller, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, The Girl on the Train is adapted for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson and Taylor. The film’s executive producers are Jared LeBoff and Celia Costas, and it will be released by Universal Pictures.
Director: Tate Taylor
Cast: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans
Release Date: Oct 07, 2016
Rated R for violence, sexual content, language and nudity
Is it possible to make an interesting movie with a cast of characters who are all unlikable and fairly terrible? The Girl on the Train tries really hard to pull it off and has a decent amount of success even if the “mind blowing” twist is telegraphed fairly early on. Tate Taylor is clearly trying to emulate David Fincher’s Gone Girl but he’s not as talented a filmmaker to make it work. As is, the film is a surprisingly engrossing tale of bad people doing bad things repeatedly. Taylor’s real talent is getting some truly impressive performances out of his cast especially Emily Blunt. Blunt is incredibly impressive throughout with multiple scenes set up to showcase her acting chops. Haley Bennett, who looks distractingly like a Jennifer Lawrence clone, is just solid even though her character feels unwritten. It’s a shame because the character seems to be most interesting of the group. The Girl on the Train is trying it’s hardest to be some special but it never quite gets there.