DVD Review: The Girl On The Train
A more apt title for this film would have been something along the lines of A Neurotic Girl On The Train, or even better A Neurotic Drunk Girl On A Train. The Girl on the Train is based on a psychological thriller novel by British author Paula Hawkins which has sold over 15 million copies world wide. And as a book it no doubt made a good thriller.
As a film however, driven by it’s nauseating reliance on internal monologues, it drags along at a snails pace causing the viewer to do all they can just to stay focused, awake. But as my wife who loved the book and enjoyed the film, kept telling me, just wait, just wait, things get interesting soon. You just have to stick with it.
And if you do stick with it there is a payoff by way of a bit of a twist, but you should also be given a bloody medal because the reveal just isn’t enough to justify the hell you have to go through just to get there.
Sure Emily Blunt plays an awfully good neurotic drunk, but as with any drunk, the charm wears of pretty quickly, and any charm this film may have been hoping to have wears off before the end of her first train trip.
Rating: R16 Violence, offensive language, sex scenes and content that may disturb.