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'The Girl on the Train' derails, never finds plot
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Emily Blunt stars as a recently divorced woman who is either going mad or witnesses some horrific crimes in "The Girl on the Train." - photo by Studio photo

“The Girl on the Train” is based on the worldwide best-seller of the same name and it’s too bad the movie version won’t reach the same level of success.

Instead of giving us a truly suspenseful thriller, the movie settles for a “Gone Girl”-esque knockoff of movie and it decides to be a disorganized mess.

Emily Blunt stars as Rebecca, a recently divorced woman, who caught her ex (Justin Theroux) cheating on her with their real estate agent. She had become addicted to alcohol during the course of their marriage, making matters that much worse. Now she takes a train every day and fantasizes about the people’s homes she passes and what their lives are like.

One day while on the train, Rebecca witnesses a woman kissing another man that’s not her husband and she becomes suspicious that something has happened between them. Did they divorce? Or has something even worse occurred? Rebecca isn’t sure, but she begins to probe.

Luke Evans costars as one of the people Rebecca sees daily and she believes that his wife is cheating on him. This gets Evans into a lot of trouble with both the cops and the media and it further stimulates Rebecca’s ever-growing paranoia.

Eventually, the cops do get involved and a female detective (Allison Janney) begins questioning not only Rebecca’s judgment but her sanity because of her penchant for alcohol, as well as her mental instability.

For about three-quarters of the movie, I could never really make heads or tails of what was going on, who was doing what to whom or even why.

If everything I have just written sounds complicated, just go with it. It’s meant to be just as maddening as the film itself.

Blunt delivers a decent performance, but she’s brought down by a convoluted plot and ludicrous plot twists that make zero sense. By the time we get to the big twist in the finale, it’s too late to care or get involved. Mainly the film tries to be a Lifetime movie of the week film that probably should’ve gone to Lifetime instead of theaters.

This train has a journey, but it doesn’t have a successful or satisfying destination.

Grade: C-
Rated R for violence, sexual content, language and nudity.

Hall is a syndicated columnist in South Georgia.

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