Director: Tate Taylor. Cast: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Edgar Ramírez, Allison Janney, Lisa Kudrow. 112 min. Rated R. Mystery/Thriller.
The movie (and novel) that tried to win in the wake of Gone Girl's success. I'd read both novels before the movies, and knew the ending twists. In Fincher's case, I marveled at the superb job he'd done to reach that already-known ending; his viewpoint was ... "interesting". In the meantime, 'The Girl on the Train' novel, while memorable, was less engaging than 'Gone Girl', and Tate Taylor's movie even bogs that a few notches down. I didn't care for the characters, no matter how hard Emily Blunt tried to keep the film alive. Sequels (or pseudo-sequels) rarely out-do their originals.