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Friday, September 30, 2016

The Girl On The Train (2016)

A divorced alcoholic woman (Emily Blunt) has a hard time adjusting to life after her divorce. Every day on the train, she passes the house she lived in with her husband (Justin Theroux) who now lives there with his new wife (Rebecca Ferguson). Their neighbors are a young married couple (Haley Bennett, Luke Evans) that she fantasizes about. But when the neighbor (Bennett) goes missing and possibly murdered, she will unravel the horrific truth that has damaged her life. Based on the best selling novel by Paula Hawkins whose setting has been transferred from England to New Jersey and directed by Tate Taylor (THE HELP). The similarities to GONE GIRL are too strong to overlook. It's not as good but it's more than good enough. With three female protagonists (with Blunt in the title role having the lion's share of screen time), it's hard to get a grasp at the beginning as the three stories are juggled. It doesn't help that Ferguson and Bennett are similar types. But Blunt is terrific in her most complex role to date, her character is an unlikable mess and her own worst enemy. Of the men, Theroux as her ex-husband has the strongest part though you appreciate it more after the film is over. A solid thriller. With Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow, Luke Evans and Laura Prepon. 

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