The winner of last years “most succinct title” award goes to….. The Girl On the Train! And now you can pick up this Blu-ray or 4K UHD movie and keep it on the shelf next to previous winners in this highly coveted category – The Social Network and The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun – but does The Girl On the Train deserve any other awards?
It would be a surprise to me if anyone reading this hasn’t at least seen the trailer for The Girl on the Train. Adapted from the best selling novel with the same name, the trailer shows us a glimpse of what to expect from the film. However if you haven’t read the book, the first time watching this movie is likely to be a big surprise to you, as it was to me.
Rachel (played by the ever wonderful Emily Blunt) is an alcoholic who is struggling with the day to day life after her failed marriage has ended. She spends her days riding a commuter train into the city and back. As part of her coping mechanism, Rachel has taken an almost obsessive interest in the life of a couple who live along the tracks.
Seeing this couple day in and day out as she travels past their house, Rachel has named and projected her ideal life onto them. That is, until one day she sees this woman in the arms of another man right there on her balcony.
Struggling to cope with what she’s seen, and slipping into a deeper depression fueled by the drink, Rachel spins out of control and goes into a blackout spin, only to wake up and discover that she had confronted her ex-husband’s wife and possibly been violent with her — and to make things worse, the woman she obsesses over has gone missing.
Throughout the rest of the film, we watch as Rachel gets herself deeper and deeper in the rabbit hole as she tries to help this woman’s husband find his missing wife. But is Rachel’s memory a reliable witness? Can she be sure that she saw what she thought she saw from her seat on the train?
The Girl on the Train is a very, very intense film that sort of blindsides you, considering the trailers give it a bit of a lighter mood than the very dark tone that we find ourselves in here. In fact, this film has some of the darkest and most difficult to watch scenes in a film from last year. Rachel will have to come to some self revelations if she wants to help find who is truly to blame.
I definitely recommend you give this a watch, it’s a very well done thriller that will keep you guessing even after you are sure you know what is going on.
The 4K UHD release of The Girl on the Train looks really damn good, however it should be noted that the film was shot on 2k and upscaled here, so however good it looks on 4K, it’s likely to look almost as good on Blu-ray. Having said that, the colors are extremely lifelike and the darks are very dark. The film has an almost ominous visual tone to it, which suits the story perfectly.
The 7.1 audio track has a very satisfying sound to it. The music plays along very well with the audio track in most places, however some dialog can be hard to hear at times, due to the fact that everyone seems to want to whisper everything they say.
The special features are included on both the 4K UHD disc as well as the Blu-ray disc and include:
- Deleted and Extended Scenes – almost 20 minutes of extra scenes
- The Women Behind The Girl – Paula Hawkins (the author of the book) discusses the characters and what it was like bringing them to the screen.
- On Board The Train – a short feature on characters, plot, composition, etc
- Audio Commentary with Director Tate Taylor
- On Board The Train (1080p, 11:25): A piece that largely expands on the last, continuing discussions on the characters and performances, plot points, photographic composition, and more.
Also included in the standard 4K UHD black case is a UV code, 4K UHD disc, and Blu-ray disc. This set comes with a shiny, sleek looking slipcover.
The Girl on the Train Final Thoughts:
I was highly surprised by how dark this film was. The trailers give you an idea of the story, but from there, the rest of the film is not what you would expect, and I think the film benefits from that. The Girl on the Train is definitely one of the last year’s best thrillers, and I would definitely give this one a recommend.
You can purchase it here on Amazon.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process