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Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) is an alcoholic who divorced her husband, Tom Watson (Justin Theroux), after catching him cheating on her with their real estate agent, Anna Boyd (Rebecca Ferguson). During their marriage, Rachel was prone to alcohol-induced blackouts during which she engaged in self-destructive behavior that Tom later informed her about, and to which she attributes the ending of their marriage, in addition to her being sterile.
Rachel shares an apartment with her friend Cathy (Laura Prepon). 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 neighbors, Scott (Luke Evans) and Megan Hipwell (Haley Bennett), a young couple in what Rachel believes is a perfect marriage. In reality, Scott is aggressive and controlling, while Megan is detached and unfaithful, maintaining affairs with numerous men, including her psychiatrist, Dr. Kamal Abdic (Édgar Ramírez).
While passing by the neighborhood one day, a drunken Rachel spots Megan kissing Abdic on her balcony and becomes infuriated by what she perceives as Megan’s “ruining” her perfect marriage. After a drinking binge, 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 is missing and presumed dead, and is questioned by Detective Sergeant Riley (Allison Janney), who suspects Rachel might be involved due to her recent erratic behavior.
Rachel, pretending to be a friend of Megan’s, approaches Scott and tells him about Megan’s affair. Scott identifies Abdic as Megan’s lover. Believing 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’s wife Martha (Lisa Kudrow), leading to Tom being fired.
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 neighborhood. 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.
The Girl on the Train is an American romantic mystery thriller drama film directed by Tate Taylor and written by Erin Cressida Wilson, based on Paula Hawkins’ 2015 debut novel of the same name. The film stars Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Édgar Ramírez, and Allison Janney. Principal photography began on November 4, 2015, in New York City. Produced by Marc Platt and DreamWorks Pictures, The Girl on the Train will be distributed by Universal Pictures, as part of DreamWorks’ new distribution deal. The film will was theatrically released in United States on October 7, 2016.
The Girl on the Train
Directed by: Tate Taylor
Starring: Emily Blunt, Luke Evans, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Laura Prepon, Justin Theroux, Allison Janney, Lisa Kudrow, Hannah Kurczeski, Lana Young, Jalina Mercado
Screenplay by: Erin Cressida Wilson
Production Design by: Kevin Thompson
Cinematography by: Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Film Editing by: Michael McCusker
Costume Design by: Michelle Matland, Ann Roth
Set Decoration by: Susan Bode, Judy Gurr
Art Direction by: Deborah Jensen
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: October 7, 2016