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Friday Film: “The Girl on the Train”

We were all obsessed at some point in our lives with another individual whether that was someone already in our lives or not. However, when you start obsessing about a complete stranger to you, it becomes stalking. But what happens when the obsession and the stalking goes to a whole new level and you start getting involved in the other person’s life?

The Girl on the Train” is a 2016 mystery/crime film, which is based on Paula Hawkins’ psychological thriller novel of the same name. The book is marvelous and director Tate Taylor did a great job bringing its story to life in this amazing movie, which is something rare when it comes to films based on novels. Tate Taylor has directed three other movies, “Get on Up”, “Pretty Ugly People” and “The Help”, which also show that Taylor knows exactly what he is doing when it comes to directing.

The story focuses on Rachel (Emily Blunt,  “Edge of Tomorrow”, “A Quiet Place”, “Looper”, The Devil Wears Prada), a divorced woman who takes the train in to work in New York every day. The train’s route passes by her old house where her ex husband lives with his new wife and child and that is what makes her start watching another couple’s life that live a few houses down, Megan (Haley Bennett,  “The Magnificent Seven”, “Hardcore Henry”, “The Equalizer) and Scott Hipwell (Luke Evans,  “Dracula Untold”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug). One day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds, bruises and no memory of the night before and watches a TV report that talks about the missing case of Megan Hipwell.

What captured my interest minding this film is the fact that you do not know if you can trust the main character of Rachel or not. Stalking a complete stranger and waking up one day without any memory of what you did the previous night, are two things that even when they are not combined, they are completely creepy and scream out “psychopath alert”. To top it all off, Emily Blunt delivers her role in such an amazing way, adding to the creepiness and the mystery revolving around her rather weird character. If you cannot trust the lead actor of a movie, who should you trust?

On the other hand, no crime movies are good if the mystery is bad. What are the odds of a person that you are practically stalking every day going missing? Furthermore, it is even weirder when that person is the wife of the man you are stalking. In addition, what are the odds of you waking up with a hangover and a memory loss the day after the disappearance of this person? While all fingers are pointing towards Rachel, one of them is yours and there is no chance in knowing what happened before the story reveals it to you and that is what makes this mystery film spectacular and worthwhile.

If you have not watched “The Girl on the Train”, I suggest you did because it is a great adaptation of the novel of the same name and a great mystery/crime film, especially if you are a fan of those.

I will be back next Friday with another one of my favorite movies that you must watch.

Until then, leave your comments below and let us know what your thoughts on this movie are and if you enjoyed watching it.

 

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