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The Girl on the Train (2016)

The Girl on the Train (2016)
Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett and Rebecca Ferguson

Rated: R for violence, sexual content, language and nudity.
Reviewed by: Dave  
Release date: October 7, 2016 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

The Girl On The Train leaves one with more questions than answers. The storyline keeps flashing back in time making it somewhat difficult to follow. This does not however take away from a stellar performance by Emily Blunt (Rachel). Her passion, and range of emotions is a major positive in the film. 

After a nasty divorce, Blunt finds herself drinking heavily every day. She's also riding on a NYC commuter train looking out the windows at her formerly happy suburban life. This daily regimen of obsessive voyeurism has more twists and turns than the train tracks themselves. Half of the time she is so drunk that the line between reality and fantasy is blurred.  This is where much of the confusion lies, is it real, or just an alcohol induced flashback ?

I believe the movie has a classic 'Film Noir' feel and would have been much more visually powerful in black and white. Emily Blunt carries most of the film on her back. She is the  focal point. We can see everything through her eyes - which is rare in many films. 

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