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|Original title:||The Girl on the Train|
|Production country:||USA 2016|
|Running time:||Ca. 112 Min|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
Every day Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) takes the commuter train to Manhattan and every day it stops in sight of a house where the perfect couple (Haley Bennett and Luke Evans) seems to live. For a few brief moments Rachel can immerse herself in the happiness of the two strangers, which becomes a painful obsession for them. Finally, she lived only a few houses away with her husband Tom (Justin Theroux) before he left her for his new wife Anna (Rebecca Ferguson), with whom he now raises a child in her house. One day, when Rachel sees the young woman kissing another man through the train window, her dream world collapses. As if in a trance, she gets out of her car on the way back to her former place of residence - and thus gets caught in a web of lies, daydreams, hallucinations and murder…
After the great success of Paula Hawkins' novel, which has sold over 15 million copies worldwide, a film adaptation of "Girl on the Train" was actually only a matter of time. Director Tate Taylor ("The Help") and the acclaimed screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson ("Secretary") have tried to tell the interlaced story in a canvas-ready way. They did a good job of that in themselves. However, the film adaptation lacks the necessary spice to make more out of it than a very conventional thriller drama.
The staging is visually very atmospheric and also has some solid moments of tension - at least if you don't know the original book. But at the same time, the viewer is also confronted with a lot of very tough, exhausting scenes. The so often harmonious narrative flow is thereby slowed down again and again, which works so well especially in view of the fact that the change between the time levels and different narrative perspectives works so well. But even though this bestselling movie hasn't become the big hit, there is still one aspect in which the thriller can be completely convincing: The cast!
Emily Blunt plays absolutely convincing. Not only does she look extremely finished, but she also embodies the broken woman who is battered by grief and alcohol, and is really good at other things as well. But also newcomer Haley Bennett and Luke Evans deliver absolutely solid performances. They all prevent the weaknesses of the script from fully unfolding and at least make sure that "Girl on the Train" offers good entertainment. Surely, the story could have been told more grippingly and the good actors deserved a better movie. However, since the director manages to build up a harmonious atmosphere and to set some wrong tracks, the rather boring moments of the movie don't really carry any negative weight. And so the rule is: If you don't expect more than conventional thriller entertainment with three strong actresses, you can confidently get on this train. Worth seeing!
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