“The Girl on the Train” goes down the wrong tracks

“The Girl on the Train” goes down the wrong tracks

June 13, 2021 fofabvlic 0

first_imgReddIt Facebook Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025 World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ Twitter Linkedin Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ Sizzle Reel Finale (Ep. 24 – Teen Titans, Star Trek: Discovery and more) In this image released by Universal Pictures, Emily Blunt appears in a scene from, “The Girl on the Train.” (DreamWorks Pictures/Universal Pictures via AP) Sizzle Reel (Ep. 23 – Star Wars Celebration, DC Rumors and more) Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ Previous articleLEAPS, Reading Frogs volunteer at Paschal High SchoolNext article“Godzilla: Resurgence” brings fun, commentary Chris Garcia RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img printIn this image released by Universal Pictures, Emily Blunt appears in a scene from, “The Girl on the Train.” (DreamWorks Pictures/Universal Pictures via AP)The newest film starring Emily Blunt (“Into the Woods”, “Edge of Tomorrow”), “The Girl on the Train” tries to be this year’s “Gone Girl” but falls short and instead becomes another mediocre mystery thriller. The film follows commuter Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt), the titular character, who tries to unravel the mystery behind her missing neighbor, Megan (Haley Bennett), while dealing with an alcohol-induced blackout and possible involvement in Megan’s disappearance.While starting out unnecessarily convoluted, the plot for “Train” becomes more streamlined the further it goes. This works to create a suspenseful feeling and a few decent plot twists as it switches between multiple characters and timeframes.Unfortunately, the final act becomes more like a Lifetime movie than a thriller as it takes a few final twists that aren’t completely thought out, which leaves the ending feeling less than satisfying while also trying to provide closure.“Train” plays a lot with the themes of alcoholism and trust, with the former coming across as heavy-handed at times. These work in the film’s favor, though, giving Blunt’s character a good arc that feels complete by the end of her journey.The rest of the characters, however, sadly come across as stereotypes and extremely unlikable. This helps the audience feel more for Blunt, but does make it harder to become invested in what happens to the others, which detracts from the overall mystery of the film itself.The cast is hit-and-miss, with Blunt and Luke Evans (“Furious 7”) giving strong performances as Rachel and Haley’s husband Scott, respectively. Justin Theroux (“The Leftovers”),  Rebecca Ferguson (“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”) and Bennet (“Magnificent Seven”) all seem to phone it in, though, giving less-than-memorable runs as ex-husband Tom, new wife Anna and Megan.The visuals are also somewhat forgettable, mimicking the color tones and camera work of “Gone Girl” to the point it feels more like a cheap imitation rather than its own movie. Some interesting editing and specific shots help to add to the suspenseful tone of the film, though, and play nicely into the plot to help keep things moving.Verdict:While Blunt’s strong performance and a decent mystery plot keep this film chugging along, a weaker cast and forgettable visuals keep “The Girl on the Train” from going full-steam ahead.6.5/10 TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter Facebook TAGSphotos TCU VGP (Ep. 24 – Battlefront Details, Telltale’s Guardians and more) Linkedin Chris Garcia is a senior film and journalism double major from Midland, Texas. When he’s not working on student media’s newest podcasts, he can be found watching the latest releases at the closest theater. ReddIt TCU VGP Video Finale (Ep. 25 – Call of Duty WWII, Cluster Trucks and more) + posts Chris Garcia last_img

 

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