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The Girl On The Train: Gripping tale as a life hits buffers

By Damon Smith

Published 07/10/2016

Bad trip:Emily Blunt. Photo: PA Photo/Universal Pictures
Bad trip:Emily Blunt. Photo: PA Photo/Universal Pictures

Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) has self-imploded after an acrimonious divorce from her cheating husband, Tom (Justin Theroux).

When she wakes from her drunken stupors, Rachel has alarming memory gaps and, on one occasion, is covered in bruises and blood. As a result of her intoxication, Rachel loses her job at a PR firm, which she conceals from her roommate by taking her usual train each morning and sitting in the park with a bottle of spirits.

The journey takes her past her old house, where Tom now lives with his mistress Anna (Rebecca Ferguson) and their baby. The tracks also pass the home of neighbours Scott (Luke Evans) and Megan Hipwell (Haley Bennett).

One morning, Rachel glimpses Megan with another man. Megan subsequently vanishes and Detective Riley (Allison Janney) becomes interested in Rachel's hazy recollection, especially since the drunkard has no alibi for the hours leading up to Megan's disappearance.

Perhaps psychiatrist Dr Kamal Abdic (Edgar Ramirez) can help Rachel unlock her subconscious. She will soon realise that some memories are best forgotten. The Girl On The Train is a smart psychological potboiler anchored by a strong performance from Blunt as a self-destructive woman, who is figuratively going off the rails.

Three stars

Belfast Telegraph

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