I remember wanting to see The Girl on The Train after taking a look at the trailer for it last year, as it looked to be an intense thriller with a well rounded cast. Thanks to Universal Pictures sending me a 4K Blu-ray review copy, I was able to finally check out the film based on the best selling book. While it does live up to my expectations as intense and shocking for the most part, there are plenty of slow moving moments on this two hour ride that tend to derail the great acting (train puns intended of course).
Based on the bestseller novel by Paula Hawkins, the story follows the life of Rachel Watson (played to chilling perfection by Emily Blunt) who spends most of her days getting drunk from being jealous of her ex-husband Tom (Justin Theroux) and his new wife Anna (Rebecca Ferguson) and blacking out from doing so occasionally. One of Rachel’s daily rituals is riding the train to get around town that just happens to go past where Tom and Anna live. She also happens to see their neighbors named Scott (Luke Evans) and Megan (Haley Bennett) who seem to always be in their window and look like the perfect, loving couple. One day all of that changes when Rachel notices a stranger with Megan in the window having an affair, and doesn’t see her again for the days that follow. This leads to a chain of events where Rachel tries to figure out what happened to Megan that takes her across a lot of dark paths that not only to people she knows, but to herself and her blackouts as well.
While it does have some pacing issues and moments where not much is happening, I did enjoy this mystery thriller thanks to Emily Blunt’s realistic performance of Rachel. I’m pretty sure when the Oscars roll around that she will be nominated, as she really captured how low someone can be when depression and drinking take over their life while also making her character believable on how she handles the dark things happening around her. Thanks to viewing on a 4K UHD Blu-ray, the visuals and sound come through perfectly. Something that’s always a plus when watching a mystery as you want to see all the details laying around as well as hear when someone is creeping around or stalking the main characters.
Once the mystery has been solved, there’s a few special features you can take a look at starting with the feature length audio commentary by director Tate Taylor. Here he talks about doing his best to adapt the book while also throwing in different things, how certain ideas and shots were made/handled, and so forth. There’s about fifteen minutes of deleted and extended scenes to see what was left on the editing room floor, while “The Women Behind The Girl” focuses on author Paula Hawkins, the ladies in the film and more as they discuss bringing the women from the book to life in the movie. Lastly “On Board The Train” is a short featurette that combines interviews with the cast along with showcasing key scenes from the film that serves as a EPK or Electronic Press Kit of sorts for viewers.
Some may not care for the slow pacing and sluggishness the film goes through here and there, but The Girl on The Train is a ride you’ll want to hop on board for if you love thrillers and mysteries. Great acting and performances, especially by Emily Blunt, more than make up for the movie’s shortcomings that serve up an intense experience you’ll want to see through to the end of the train tunnel.