The film adaptation of Paula Hawkins' bestselling novel by the same name revolves around Rachel (Emily Blunt), an alcoholic divorcee, who finds solace in the ‘perfect couple’ - Megan (Haley Bennett) and Scott (Luke Evans).
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The film adaptation of Paula Hawkins' bestselling novel by the same name revolves around Rachel (Emily Blunt), an alcoholic divorcee, who finds solace in the ‘perfect couple’ - Megan (Haley Bennett) and Scott (Luke Evans). She catches their glimpses daily from the window of her train. However, things are not always what they seem. Megan’s mysterious disappearance forces Rachel to confront her personal struggles and inner demons.
Belonging to the ‘Gone Girl’ zone, where almost every character is deceitful, self-destructive and delusional, this psychological thriller is clearly not everyone’s cup of tea. Watching Rachel grappling with her insecurities and unstable mind constantly is a mighty depressing experience. Her insanity and struggle to find a sense of worth and purpose in her miserable life is devastating even for you as a viewer. You watch her, the way she watches other people on her daily commute and it sends shivers down your spine.
With a few alterations for the screen, Tate Taylor makes you feel exactly what the book intends but given the limitations of his medium, the impact is relatively low. Grim, unpredictable and atmospheric, Taylor sets the mood of his film perfectly but struggles to maintain the tension. His film gets dreary by the time the mystery unfolds, unlike its predecessor (Gone Girl), which makes you hold you nerve throughout. Given the multiple characters involved here and their stories intertwined in one, the execution seems a tad hurried as well.
The casting is near perfect with Emily Blunt being a total revelation. She does justice to her layered, messed up character and evokes sympathy in spite of depicting an enormously flawed role. Other actors lend valuable support as well.
If you like morbid whodunit thrillers that make you feel like you are trapped in a dark room with no glimmer of hope whatsoever; this brutal, twisted and voyeuristic tale is bound to leave you gasping for breath.
The novel on which the movie is based debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015 list and remained in the top position for fifteen weeks, thirteen of which were consecutive.
In the film, Rachel could not get pregnant. In real life, Emily Blunt (who played Rachel) was pregnant during filming.
Kate Mara was attached to the role of Megan but dropped out. Haley Bennett ended up replacing her.
Original author Paula Hawkins had Michelle Williams in mind for the part of Rachel that went to Emily Blunt.
Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) is an alcoholic divorcee, who indulges in people-watching from the window of her train. Exuding self-destructive and delusional behaviour, she often stalks her ex-husband Tom Watson (Justin Theroux) and his second wife Anna Boyd (Rebecca Ferguson). Though her husband cheated on her with Anna, she holds her unstable mind responsible for his straying. She recalls that during their marriage, she was prone to alcohol-induced blackouts. Rachel shares an apartment with her friend Cathy (Laura Prepon). She wanders around seeking purpose and redemption. She spends her days commuting on a train and often stalking Tom, Anna, and their newborn daughter Evie. During her trips, Rachel grows fascinated with Tom's neighbours, Scott (Luke Evans) and Megan Hipwell (Haley Bennett), a young couple in what Rachel believes is a perfect marriage. In reality, Scott is insecure, aggressive and controlling, while Megan is detached and unfaithful, having multiple affairs with men. She wishes to seduce even her psychiatrist, Dr. Kamal Abdic (Ãdgar RamÃrez). While passing by the neighbourhood one day, a drunk Rachel spots Megan kissing a man (not Steve) on her balcony. This infuriates her as she thinks Megan is ruining her perfect marriage. Rachel leaves the train to confront Megan, only to black out and awaken hours later at her apartment, injured. Rachel later finds out that Megan has gone missing. She is questioned by Detective Sergeant Riley (Allison Janney), who suspects that Rachel might be involved due to her recent erratic behaviour. It is also revealed that Rachel has no job to go to so her daily commute has no motive. Rachel, pretending to be a friend of Megan, approaches Scott and tells him about Megan's affair. Scott wonders if Abdic is the man. Assuming Abdic is behind Megan's disappearance, Rachel schedules an appointment with him, wherein they discuss Rachel's troubled relationship with Tom, particularly an incident in which she lashed out at an office party and aggravated Tom's boss' wife Martha (Lisa Kudrow), leading to Tom losing his job.
At a bar, Rachel recognizes another commuter, who reveals that he followed her when she left the train the night that Megan disappeared and heard her cursing at a woman before being beaten by an unseen figure in a tunnel, where the commuter later found Rachel, although she declined his help. Rachel returns to the tunnel and remembers seeing Anna with Tom and shouting at her before being ambushed. Meanwhile, Anna becomes convinced that Rachel is involved in Megan's disappearance after noticing her in the neighbourhood. When Sgt. Riley dismisses her concerns, and Tom insistently denies Rachel's involvement, Anna decides to hack into his computer; in the process, she finds a secret phone with several voice messages to another woman Tom is having an affair with.
Megan is found dead and forensics determine she is pregnant, but the child was neither Scott's nor Abdic's. Scott becomes a suspect and confronts Rachel, believing she is conspiring against him, and in the process he reveals he assaulted Megan prior to her death. Rachel runs into Martha and apologises for her behavior at the party, only to discover she didn't lash out or get Tom fired, but rather Tom was fired for having sexual relations with numerous co-workers. Rachel realizes Tom planted false memories in her head to account for his own abusive behaviour. Anna identifies the woman Tom was exchanging phone calls with as Megan, and finds out Tom and Megan were having an affair. Rachel realizes Megan was pregnant with Tom's baby and confided that to Abdic, and she misinterpreted the nature of their encounter on the balcony. After leaving the train that day, Rachel caught Tom meeting with Megan and shouted at her, mistaking her for Anna. Tom then beat Rachel before returning to Megan, who announced she was keeping the baby, which would thereby expose their affair and Tom chose to murder Megan. Rachel goes to Tom's house to warn Anna, but Anna reveals that she already knows. Tom arrives and confronts them, and while he argues with Anna, Rachel steals a corkscrew and steps outside to call the police. However, Tom catches up to her and attempts to strangle her, as Anna watches from the window. Rachel stabs Tom in the neck with the corkscrew. Anna exits the house and pushes the corkscrew deeper into Tom's neck, killing him. Rachel and Anna come to an understanding and separately confirm to the police that Rachel killed Tom in self-defense, after he revealed himself to be Megan's killer. A year later, Rachel has become sober and found a new job, and while still commuting on the same train, she sits on the opposite side, leaving her past behind.