The Girl on the Train (2016) Director: Tate Taylor
Emily Blunt plays Rachel, an alcoholic ex-wife who rides the train every day past her ex-husband’s home with his new wife. He had cheated on Rachel and married his new lover because Rachel was infertile. The story-telling of the film is confused and blurred at times, and soon we find out about a murder. Rachel is the prime suspect. However, a serious of psychological events unfold in which it is revealed that her ex-husband’s philandering led him to impregnate a woman and then kill her in the woods. He has been gaslighting Rachel this whole time, making her feel terrible about herself and descend into alcoholism. In triumphant revenge, Rachel and his new wife attack him, and Rachel delivers the final blow with a corkscrew (as a nod to her alcoholism).
The Girl on the Train is a well-made, albiet disturbing film, of psychological abuse. Its many twists and turns lead the audience to point the finger at varying characters throughout the movie, until vengeance is brutally exacted in the end. Emily Blunt makes the movie through her complex and definitive performance. Otherwise, the film is mostly forgettable and filled with all manner of plot holes.