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The Girl on the Train Film Review

Updated on January 22, 2017
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.

The Girl on the Train dives right into the pages of the book, almost perfectly interpreting the pages to the big screen. There are a few minor differences, nothing to really complain about. However, this is the film review. If you would like to see a comparison review, I will be writing one and should have it up in a few hours.

Let me start by saying Emily Blunt was magnificent in her role as Rachel, an unemployed alcoholic who separated from her husband Tom due to him cheating on her with a woman named Anna. He married Anna, had a baby, and left poor Rachel feeling unwanted as if she were a stray dog with no home. She lost her job due to her alcoholism. Her friend Cathy whom she lives with is tired of her and wants her to leave. Poor Rachel.

One day while on the train, she notices a young couple that always seems to be so in love and so into each other. Then one day, Rachel sees this girl with another man. A few days after that, the girl is missing. That's where the story truly starts to gain steam and take off into a non-stop guessing game that would make Hitchcock proud.

The film has its problems, as all films do, but it's not often that you find a film that changed very little from the book. In fact, the last time I can remember that happening is 2014's Gone Girl.

Director Tate Taylor certainly did his research and was careful of what to add and leave out. You could tell that he cared about the story, cared about Rachel and Megan, and wanted to find Megan's killer just as badly as the readers and moviegoers did.

I give the film a 3.5 out of 4.

© 2016 Alec Zander


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    • MizPamRoxx profile image

      Pam Freeman 14 months ago from Honolulu, Hawaii


      TY for explaining the Movie's storyline. I had finals this week, so missed the movies! Nice to see your Movie Review. We have the same tastes in movies. ~ Pam