The Girl on the Train is based on Paula Hawkins' bestselling thriller that shocked the world. Rachel (Emily Blunt), 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.
Everything changes when she sees something shocking happen there, and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
I have never been a big movie watcher, and when I do I tend to choose a girly romance or comedy, something that I can follow easily and it doesn't matter if I am working away while watching it. When The Girl on the Train can up for review I decided to try a movie that is a little out of the ordinary for me, to push me out of my movie comfort zone. Now that I have watched it I am pleased that I decided to review it as I really enjoyed it.
As mentioned in the synopsis for this movie it is based around a character named Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) who is divorced form her husband and spends each day travelling on the train. While travelling on the train Rachel watches each day the lives of what seems to be the perfect couple. This is until one day when she sees something shocking as the train passes the house. This completely upsets the view of them being the perfect couple and becomes a crucial piece of evidence when the girl goes missing.
I found the beginning of the movie a little confusing â" Megan and Anna look very similar and some of the male characters were also similar to each other, which meant I kept checking with my husband as to who it was we were watching. I kept wondering just how everyone was connected and why each character was part of the movie. It didn't take long for things to start to link together, and I was able to see the connections between each of the main characters featured. As the movie progresses you are left second guessing who you think took and killed Megan. The little pieces of information that prop up lead you to think it could have been almost any of the main characters that feature in the movie. This keeps you absolutely glued to the screen until the very end.
Being a movie that I wouldn't have picked had I seen it on the shelf, I am surprised at just how much I enjoyed it. Now I want to go back and watch it again, picking up on more little tips and hints as to what ends up being the final outcome. I recommend it to anyone who likes a little bit of a drama, mystery and thriller.
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