Rachel (Emily Blunt) is a woman devastated by divorce, who spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. The mystery unfolds as she becomes increasingly un-hinged and serves as the unreliable sole witness to a tragic disappearance.
I love watching really good thrillers and in recent years I often compare any of those type of films to one of my favorites: Gone Girl. This film isn’t Gone Girl kind of good but it is very well thought out in its own right. It gave us a great and interesting story that started out one way and proceeded to go in a direction that I didn’t expect. There was a few points that were slightly predictable but even with those moments there I was totally engaged in the story the entire time. I’ve spoke to some that have read the book before watching the film and they’ve said that they didn’t particularly like the Blunt’s character because she seemed weak. I do agree with that to a certain extent BUT I will say that by the end of the movie you will understand why she’s that way. I thought Blunt completely transformed herself in this role. She was so believable and the way that her facial expressions showed her mental anguish and pain was genius. Justin Theroux was just as amazing in the film and seeing his characters’ evolution throughout was the icing on the cake. Luke Evans was another great part of the movie as well. His intensity is unmatched and I felt like his character had plenty of moments that made you question him throughout. Some may compare the plot to this film to that of a Lifetime movie and sure, it kind of somewhat represents one BUT when you include exceptional acting, fantastic editing and a chilling score it becomes WAAAAAY more than that. With that being said I can easily recommend this film to anybody and everybody that loves a good thriller. 8/10
I honestly didn’t see too much of a difference in this format. Everything seemed just about the same if not a tab bit darker in certain scenes. I will say however that during closeups the picture quality does look great. You can see skin textures a lot easier and it adds to the illusion of Blunt’s character being so strung out and paranoid.
Deleted and Extended Scenes – A pretty good number of scenes here. Some that are deleted and extended and do offer a bit more to the narrative but others are fine being left on the cutting room floor.
The Women Behind The Girl – Author Paula Hawkins talks about everything from the cast of the film, translating the novel to film, the work of director Tate Taylor and much more.
On Board The Train – Somewhat like the last feature and shows a bit more on the cast and a lot of the story elements.
Feature Commentary With Director Tate Taylor