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THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN  movie

 

RATED R (violence, sexual content, language and nudity)

RUNNING TIME: 112 minutes
DIRECTOR: Tate Taylor

STARS:
Emily Blunt - Rachel
Haley Bennett - Megan
Rebecca Ferguson - Anna
Justin Theroux - Tom
Luke Evans - Scott
Edgar Ramírez - Dr. Kamal Abdic
Allison Janney - Detective Riley

SYNOPSIS: Rachel, who is 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, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. - Universal Pictures

ROG'S VIEWPOINT: 3 CAMS Camera Camera Camera
A knockout performance by Emily Blunt saves this effective, but predictable, thriller. For those who haven't read the popular Paula Hawkins novel, none of the juicy details will be revealed here. Director Tate Taylor and screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson have condensed the book into a mostly coherent whodunit. At times, this movie gets bogged down with its soap opera elements. But some of it is necessary to make a disappearance, and possible murder, logical. A fine supporting cast lends credibility to the film. Justin Theroux, as alcoholic Rachel's ex-husband Tom, makes a very believable put-upon spouse and much more. Also good are Rebecca Ferguson as Tom's new wife Anna and Haley Bennett as the couple's neighbor and babysitter Megan. As Megan's husband Scott, Luke Evans is rather menacing. Appearing in small roles are Allison Janney as a police detective, Lisa Kudrow as the wife of Tom's ex-boss and Laura Prepon as Rachel's roommate. The ending is telegraphed fairly early as the mystery is revealed. The plot gets a little messy and, for a short time, confusion reigns supreme. But it's all in good, creepy fun - complete with a killer Danny Elfman music score. "The Girl on the Train" garners enough interest to keep it on track.