'The Girl on the Train' Review

'The Girl on the Train' Review
A Poorly Made Rip-Off of 'Gone Girl'

Rating: ★

When movies or genres become popular, other filmmakers and studio want to hop on the trend. When Marvel Studios found success in a cinematic universe, racking in billions in ticket sales alone, a lot of other big studios wanted to jump on the trend. This resulted in cinematic universes such as the DCEU and the Dark Universe (the former having changed their strategy given how unsuccessful it was and the latter now non-existent due to a critical and box office flop that was the first film, 'The Mummy'. Another example of Hollywood producing a movie given how successful another movie was is 'The Girl on the Train', a clear rip-off of 'Gone Girl'.
Based on the 2015 award-winning Paula Hawkins novel of the same name, the movie follows Rachel Watson, an alcoholic and devastated recent divorcee, as she spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

One of the biggest flaws this movie suffers from is its characters. There are a lot of movies with unsympathetic characters that are beloved, thanks to the superb performances and amazing screenplay. An example is 'Gone Girl'. Sadly, this movie doesn't have that luxury. All the characters are incredibly unlikeable and hard to either root for, which is a major turn-off.
Another flaw is the story and how predictable the twists are. Not only does it blatantly steal the structure from 'Gone Girl', but its reveals are very similar moments elements in that film's story. You can easily tell what is going happen next because you've already seen it before and it quickly becomes exhausting to watch.

In an attempt to imitate what made 'Gone Girl' so excellent, the movie adaptation of 'The Girl on the Train' fell flat on its face, resulting in one of the most inept mystery films in years. With atrocious editing, an incoherent plot, predictable twists, mediocre performances from a talented cast and one of the worst screenplays in a mainstream feature, this film is not only a huge waste of great potential but a huge waste of time!