The Girl On The Train (2016)

Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) rides on the train all day long to New York City and back. Rachel has a lot of time on her hands and she likes to spend all of her time pretty much just drinking herself to the point where she blacks out. While on the train she loves to stare at a couple, Megan (Haley Bennett) and Scott (Luke Evans), outside the train window. Things start to get crazy when Rachel see’s Megan one day with another man who isn’t her husband. To make matters worse, Megan goes missing and it looks like Rachel may be the main suspect. Why is that? Well, because Rachel’s ex-husband Tom (Justin Theroux) and his new wife live two doors down from Megan and Scott. Rachel constantly shows up drunk all the time and is extremely forgetful, so it’s easy for everybody to kind of point the finger.

When first hearing about this movie it seemed like it was going to be really cool and be an exciting thriller. Sadly, The Girl On The Train tries everything in its power to live up to the hype that 2014’s Gone Girl had. The problem with this movie is that it tried too hard to be the thriller that it was made out to be. The Girl On The Train was pretty much a disaster in my opinion. I thought the story just got way too goofy and it never really went anywhere. For most of the movie we are just seeing Rachel feel sorry for herself and make herself out to be an awful, drunken person. This movie just seemed way too desperate to actually be a solid film. For a majority of the film you pretty much just feel bored and check your watch, which is never a good thing.

The cast is actually really solid. I’ve always been a fan of the work that Emily Blunt does, but the problem here is that she should have not done this movie. Blunt was on-screen for pretty much 95 percent of the movie, but her character just became boring and nothing more. And she’s not the only one that’s the problem here. Actors like Luke Evans were even pretty bad in this. I think that’s another reason why this movie could not be saved. When hearing a movie has a solid cast I usually get very excited, like I was when I found out who was in this. The problem is that nobody could work well together and the chemistry was just not there with any of them. This is one that Blunt is going to have to put behind her career wise and move on to better things.

The whole entire time you’re watching this film and just waiting to see when something exciting is going to happen, but that moment never comes. Once you figure out the “crazy” twist that occurs, you kind of look around and say that was stupid. I thought for a while maybe if the film finished strongly then it could be a solid movie, but sadly this did not happen and we’re left with pretty much another crappy movie. Everything about this is way too dull. For a movie that comes off as such a strong thriller, there has to be some either suspenseful moments or moments that are super tense. The Girl On The Train provides none of that. This movie had a ton of promise, but fell very short of being anything that could even be memorable. This the problem when a movie tries to somewhat play copycat off a classic, like Gone Girl.

Overall, The Girl On The Train is not just a disaster from start to finish, but more importantly a waste of your time. Movies like this are one’s to avoid, and even with a solid cast this movie could not be saved. It has poor writing, directing and a storyline that never knows how to come together. This is easily one you can skip.

Grade: D


Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Looking for a movie that is awesome and tells a great story? This might be one you want to check out. Dan (Jason Clarke) and Maya (Jessica Chastain) are looking to find where they can send Navy Seals to find and assassinate the man responsible for 9/11 and a lot of other terroristic attacks, Osama bin Laden. He has been hiding for years and the CIA has had about enough of searching for him. They now think they have a lead on something when they capture a terrorist who is able to give them some details regarding Osama’s whereabouts. The CIA will do whatever they can to capture this asshole.

This is a story that we all know well. Hollywood decided it was time to make a movie about it. Director, Kathryn Bigelow shocked us again. After winning the Oscar for The Hurt Locker, Kathryn gave us something that might be just as good. This is a story that everyone is interested in and wanted to know about. What Kathryn brought to the screen was just awesome. The story behind this one is a very satisfying one. The movie is another one that makes you proud to be an American.

Zero Dark Thirty was one of my favorite movies that come out in 2012. That was a pretty solid year for movies, but this one was just awesome. The acting in this is superb and they really put a lot of heart into their roles. Everyone wanted to see this man dead. The final scene with the Navy Seals busting in the house is awesome and very nerve wrecking to watch. You just want to see them come out on top and finish this guy.

Zero Dark Thirty is a movie that gives us a great story of the assassination of bin Laden, but also is a great story of letting us know how hard the CIA worked to make sure they wouldn’t screw up their one chance of getting to him. There was a lot of preparation done to ensure victory in their pursuit to get him. This is a movie that makes you proud to be where you are from and know that even though it took long to get him, we still came out as the winner.

Overall, Zero Dark Thirty is an exciting movie and one that makes you say, “that was awesome.” I definitely recommend watching this. It has some brutal scenes, but it’s well worth watching. Two thumbs up!

Grade= A- (Awesome!)