The Girl on the Train
Village Jam Factory - Thursday 6 October 2016, 8:15pm
Running time: 112m
Country: United States
Classification: MA15+ (Strong themes and violence)
Release date: 06/10/16
Rating: 7/10 (ME 3/5, DP 4/5)
Rachel (Emily Blunt) rides to train daily into Manhattan, peering into the backyards of the neighbourhood she once called her own. There's Megan (Haley Bennett) who's happily married to Scott (Luke Evans)... or is she? And then there's Anna (Rebecca Ferguson) who's married to Rachel's ex-husband Tom (Justin Theroux), living an ideal life bringing up their young daughter... or is she? Rachel's battle with the bottle results in some spontaneous and irrational behaviour, and the memory gaps become more than problematic when somebody goes missing.
The Girl on the Train is an intense and disturbing mystery thriller based on the 2015 novel of the same name. The threads of initially disparate stories slowly weave together into a non-linear narrative of intrigue, lies and betrayal. There's not a who lot of joy here with muted tones and brooding score reflect the dower faces of the female leads as they free-fall into despair. It's raw and sexual with a few twists (thinks Gone Girl) and provides some genuine and well-crafted surprises, though the piecing together of fragments of memory takes a little too long to reach a resolution. It's deliberately messy and confusing at times, and it requires careful attention, but a satisfying a thrilling ride.
2017 BAFTA Awards
23rd Screen Actors Guild Award