I loved the slow downed, almost sinister version of Kayne West’s “A woman so heartless” promoting the trailer for this movie. Intrigued, I grabbed my girlfriends and headed to Chicks at the Flicks
I pondered whether I should admit, I was a little confused in the first few scenes. As we are taken on a voyeuristic journey through the train’s window, it’s a little difficult to distinguish between Justin Therox (Tom) and Luke Evans (Scott) in deciding which one is Emily Blunt (Rachel's) ex. It is Tom.
Unsuccessful attempts to conceive a child prove the catalyst for Rachel’s downward spiral into alcoholism, and her marriage to Tom disintegrates. Post-divorce Tom is now married to Anna (Rebecca Ferguson) Further adding salt to Rachel’s wounds, the happy family come complete with a new born baby.
Unemployed, lonely and with an over-active imagination, she struggles to deal with reality. Instead she carries on the facade of pretending she still has her job, taking her daily train commute to and from work. Here she escapes her pain, by living vivaciously through the dream life she has created for a couple she watches out the window of the train.(who just happen to conveniently live a few doors away from her old house, which her ex-husband now shares with the woman he left her for) But her rose tinted wine googles, do not give a true reflection of Megan (Hayley Bennett) and Scott's (Luke Evans) happy relationship. When out of the train window Rachel spots Megan in a passionate embrace with a man who is not her husband, it stirs a deep and dark rage inside of her. Having not learnt her lesson, and continuing to lean heavily on the clutch of her poison, she stumbles into the neighborhood and experiences a black out.
Swigging away at the bottle, Emily Blunt plays pathetic to a tee. Rachel Watson complete with racoon eyes, (obviously oblivious to water proof mascara) is a desperate, self destructive stalker. In fact I found myself wanting to shake her by the shoulder’s and tell her, “Get it together girlfriend”!.
Then Megan goes missing and Rachel becomes caught in a web of her own making. Unable to rely on her memory, she fails to recall just what exactly did she see or do on that fatal night.
Through out the film, the rotating perspectives cont shuffle back and forth in first point narrative. Attempting to let us inside the heads of the various character, another layer of suspense and mystery is added to the story. Yet each bit of information revealed, came with a dozen more questions for me.
When asked about the film Emily Blunt said "For me it's more about the portrayal of very damaged women."
I found myself hard pushed to fathom any sympathy for Rachel, Megan or Anna. There were too many times when I found myself asking “But why would she do that?” I really think I need to read Paula Hawkin’s book, and see how it stacks up against the movie...
Or maybe I should just stop overthinking, sit back and enjoy the (train) ride.
3.5 star rating