REVIEW: ‘The Girl on the Train’ is an edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller

Emily Blunt in 'The Girl on the Train'

Emily Blunt in 'The Girl on the Train' - Credit: Archant

Packed with genuinely unexpected twists and turns, and compelling, edge-of-your-seat performances, ‘The Girl on the Train’ is a refreshingly intense, psychological thriller.

Though all four of the film’s main characters prove their credentials, it’s Brit actress Emily Blunt who shines most as struggling, alcoholic divorcee Rachel. The way she encourages empathy, at times showing sides of a split personality, is believable, commendable and certainly deserving of award nominations.

Whilst Rachel (Blunt) spends her daily commute fantasising about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, she’s going off the rails. Rachel is tipped over the edge when she sees something shocking happen there and, consequently, becomes entangled in the mystery that gradually unravels itself over the next hour and a half.

In some parts it’s similar to ‘Gone Girl’, but even more sinister - though ‘The Girl on the Train’ tackles mental health, alcoholism and grief with ease.

My only criticism is that Martha (Lisa Kudrow aka Phoebe from ‘Friends’) is slightly underused as Tom’s old boss; especially as she’s the character that ends up unveiling a crucial piece of the puzzle that no one had been expecting.


‘The Girl on the Train’ is now showing at The Light Cinema, Wisbech. For screening times, visit