It turns out the seemingly happy couple is a farce. The woman, Megan (Haley Bennett) is seem to be having an affair with another man. That enrages her. But on the next day, Rachel wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. Rachel tries to inform the authority and the woman’s control freak husband Scott (Luke Evans) after learning that Megan is now missing. She becomes fixated to the case, but her alcoholic reliance and abusive behavior casts a lot of suspicions about her involvement.
Tate Taylor (“The Help”) adapts “The Girl on the Train” from a screenplay by Erin Cressida Wilson, injects this mystery- bound thriller into something quite similar in theme with David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” – in terms of love, infidelity, abuse and desire. Although both features share a similar gut-wrenching and psychological crime perplexity, it does not help that the nature of the story is actually different from what we initially thought, so it makes sense for me to cease any comparison with “Gone Girl”. After all, this movie has a lot of ingredients to stand on its own.
Much of the positives in this movie has to be coming from a stellar range of caliber cast, one in particular an inept show of emotionally vulnerable women. Emily Blunt is slowly becoming a household name following her excellent performance in “Sicario”. In this, she shines and she offers an attracting character story that balances her dark emotional baggage with a justifiable desire. But perhaps if the movie could have been better, she might have a shot on the Oscar nominations at least. Haley Bennett is certainly on a rise, as she is amazing once again following the success in the recent remake “The Magnificent Seven”.
“The Girl on the Train” could have been a better movie if it was done on the right tools. Nevertheless, with the stellar performance from Emily Blunt and some critical decisive moments to its merit, “The Girl on the Train” is still a worthy and solid thriller. Rating: B (3.5/5.0)