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

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Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015)

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is back and what may be his final mission. The IMF is now broken up because they are considered way too dangerous. Ethan is now forced to go into rogue mode and is currently in hiding away from everyone. Ethan still thinks that he can complete this mission and the IMF can form again. There is an evil group called the Syndicate that Ethan wants to take out because he believes they are planning to destroy the world. Ethan thinks that he can stop the Syndicate and everything can go back to normal. He really needs the help of his old crew in order to do this. This could jeopardize their careers, but as we have seen in the previous films, anybody will do anything in order to help Ethan. Can Ethan save the world again and make everything ok?

This movie is over two hours of non-stop action and fun. With the fifth installment in the series, I think it is safe to say that Christopher McQuarrie has done it right. I was not a fan of the first three all that much and I think the fourth one really took those to another level and an actually good action movie was made. I felt the same exact way with this one and I love the direction that these films are headed. I mean really, how many times have we seen action films flake into something that is simply mediocre at best. With the Mission: Impossible films, all I am seeing is progression in the making and I’m actually excited about it. This film surprised me and I thought it was the best action movie of this year, maybe with the exception of Mad Max.

The acting in this movie was pretty good overall. I think that Tom Cruise was awesome and that this is the role that he has been born to do. I just think that there is something about him that is very authentic for these movies and that he is awesome. Simon Pegg really surprised me with this one too. I am used to seeing him in great comedies, but he proved to be a really beneficial role for the film and the audience. We have seen him in the past few films, but I think there was something about this one that informed us that he is a very good actor and can do more small roles similar to this. To be quite honest, he is probably my favorite character in all the films. and how can I leave out Jeremy Renner. That dude is just awesome in everything he is in, so that’s all I’ll say about that.

For the fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible series, you feel as if the director has thrilled you. Even the opening scene is pretty unbelievable and to think that Tom Cruise does all his own stunts is ridiculous. The first five minutes of that movie will have your heart accelerating for sure. Even the rest of the movie will do that. That is what I loved about this movie, it is something that you can watch and just say, “that was fucking awesome.” As I sad earlier, I am really happy with the direction that these films are headed and knowing that Tom Cruise recently confirmed a sixth movie, makes me very excited for the next film. This is one I would definitely check out if you are into action films.

Overall, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is a solid action flick that everyone has been waiting to see. This is definitely some solid acting and writing and I can’t wait for the next film to be released.

Grade= B+ (Very Good!)