Rachel Watson, an alcoholic who divorced her husband Tom after she caught him cheating on her, takes the train to work daily. She fantasises about the relationship of her neighbours, Scott and Megan Hipwell, during her commute. That all changes when she witnesses something from the train window and Megan is missing, presumed dead.
ActorsStarring: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramírez, Lisa Kudrow, Darren Goldstein, Laura Prepon, Marko Caka, Lana Young, Frank Anello, Alexander Jameson, Mauricio Ovalle, Ross Gibby, Hannah Kurczeski, Gregory Morley, Guy Sparks, Sidney Beitz, Jalina Mercado, Athena Stuebe, Tod Rainey, Leilah Marie Giddens, Claire Manship, Danielle M. Williamson, Phil Oddo, Paul Galbraith, Jesse VanDerveer, Tim Wiencis, Kevin D. McGee, Kristina Nichole, Rachel Christopher, Eddie Sellner, Conor Hovis, Sergei Ashurov, Samantha Lee Johnson, Faith Logan, Doris McCarthy, Craig Moruzzi
I had listened to the audio book several months before going to see this at the cinema and was anticipating it in that way you do when you have really enjoyed a book and are wondering how many ways the film can butcher it. In this case there was also the concern that the British location of the original had been transferred to the USA.
Of course, in a film there is never the luxury of time that a book can give to a story as it meanders through the inner lives of characters, so it’s unfair to judge like for like. However in this case I was happily surprised, although some parts seemed skimmed (Megan’s backstory, for example) for the most part this was an excellent interpretation. Emily Blunt did a great job as the alcoholic Rachel and even though the ending wasn’t a surprise this was a much more positive experience than I had anticipated.