The Girl on the Train, directed by Tate Taylor, is a psychological thriller based off of the best selling novel written by Paula Hawkins. The features Emily Blunt in the starring role alongside a supporting cast that includes Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Allison Janney, Luke Evans, Édgar Ramírez, and Justin Theroux.
At first glance this film really reminds of last year's Gone Girl which is a psychological thriller based off of a best selling novel. Now that I've watched the film, I have to say it still reminds me a lot of that film in style, tone, and technique. It's like David Fincher, who directed Gone Girl, sat down with Taylor and gave a step by step breakdown of how he made his movie. Don't get me wrong, it's a pretty well put together movie, it's just very very familiar territory.
What really saves the day for this movie is the roster of talent lined up for the cast and the performances they give to this movie. Emily Blunt is absolutely fantastic and her portrayal of the behaviors and nuances you see from an alcoholic are at times painful to watch because they are so authentic. Seeing the turmoil and struggle on her face and in her eyes as she takes a sip from her vodka filled water bottle is truly heartbreaking and you totally get how her character has absolutely no control over her addiction. If this film was more just about Rachel and her personal struggle with her demons, it could be an Oscar worthy effort simply because Blunt's performance is so amazing.
The Girl on the Train is a solid movie with powerful performances from the leading cast members although it does fall short on originality. It's definitely worth a watch but not mandatory to see in a theater on a big screen.