The Girl on the Train (2016)

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The Girl on the Train (2016)

Words from the writer

Hey what’s up guys. I’m here again with a great movie I saw over the weekend, “The Girl on the Train”. OK, let me just say that I did read the book a month ago (Yes, I’m late to the hype train). I read the book in about a weekend. I think it was like a 16 hours read. I did enjoy both the book and the movie. But i gotta say that I was tripping out when I went to see it the movie. There wasn’t anyone in the theater.  This may sound common if your form like the mid-west or something. But even though you see a movie not on the opening weekend, I don’t think it should be that empty.

Either way, it did feel pretty cool being in the theater with no one in it. I was thinking of getting a membership at the Arclight theater since they do serve alcohol that you can bring into the theater (And these drinks are pretty strong, not gonna lie). Also, I might be comparing this to the book a lot, because honestly… that is the only thing that makes sense since it was a bestselling book for like 2 years, and a lot of people read it, and I guessing about 90% of people who saw it in the theaters also read the book. Is she just a girl on the train, or she a witness to something more?

girlonatrainMovie production

Release Date:

7 October 2016



Country of Origin



$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,536,265 (USA) (7 October 2016)


$58,798,345 (USA) (21 October 2016)

Movie summary

The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson’s life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down — Megan and Scott Hipwell.

She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing.

Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.


Image Credit: IMDB



So as i stated above, I did read the book. The book was a really good read. The movie hit on the things that I wanted to see. Although I don’t agree with Emily Blunt being Rachael from the book. She did do a great job. Emily just looks too attractive to be Rachael in my eyes. Also the movie told the story how it should go. Which a good thing. I would hate to explain to people no, that is not how the book went at all. In this case, it was almost exactly how the book went.

One scene that I did like was the train scene, when Rachael confronts Tom’s ex-coworker’s wife. She starts to tell her why Tom really got fired and the scenes play out in a different way, showing Tom as the over dramatic jealous person, and her as just a drunk. She never broke the mirror, he did. She never throw the plate at the party, he made it up. This is exactly how the scene played in my head when reading the book. I remember thinking, wow they nailed this scene.


Now I do remember thinking as I was watching movie, how some characters just didn’t really play their part as they should have. For one the police detective, and no I’m not talking about the lady, I’m talking about the guy detective who never talked int he movie. He was suppose to be the calm cop. The one that Rachael always wants to talk to. She felt more comfortable around him. I don’t understand the reason for him to not say a word. I think having him play a bigger role would have showed that Rachael only trust certain people, because her break-up with her ex- husband really cut her off from the world.

Some other characters seems a little out of character in the compared to the movie adaption as well. For one the psychiatrist, why was he Hispanic? No, I’m seriously asking. I think that the psychiatrist being Indian showed the diversity in the city. I don’t have that same feeling when seeing a Hispanic guy. It wasn’t that big of deal, but for sure recognizable, I mean he yelled at Megan in Spanish (lol).

Maybe the movie adaption could have used some more experimental ideas. I remember thinking when I read the book that at the end When Anna finishes Tom, she whispers something in Tom’s ear. But in the movie we don’t even see the whisper happen. I wish I could have known what she whispered to him. I mean Anna was a pretty interesting character, playing the mistress and mother role.

Another thing was that the situations didn’t feel like how they should. In the end, I remember thinking when i read the book, how ironic it was that Tom died for lying. But when Rachael and Anna got to the police station they told a little lie about how he died. They also was not shown in the movie adaption. I think it would have showed that no one is perfect and that Rachael and Anna maybe weren’t good guys for what they had done. I wished they would have shown them tell that small white lie at the end of the movie.


Last Words

OK guys, seriously, go watch the film and support the company. Sadly you can’t find this movie playing near you anymore. If the movie is already out of theater, or if your like me and watch everything on your phone/tablet, be sure to check out the Google play movies. They have a awesome collection of movies and deals on a regular basis.

Don’t be a pirate and steal movies for no reason. Just support and watch it like a dignified person. Also check out the movie trailer, if you haven’t seen it already.

Like or hate the review I did? Have a question, comment, or concern? Let me know in the comment below. Don’t forget to also check out other movie reviews on The EXP Grind.


The Good

  • The movie hit on the things that I wanted to see
  • the movie told the story how it should go
  • Great movie with replayablility

The Bad

  • Emily just looks too attractive to be Rachael in my eyes
  • Why was the psychiatrist transformed into a Hispanic guy (Seriously)
  • Maybe the movie adaption could have used some more experimental ideas

Written by: Christian Galvez

Christian is the founder of The EXP Grind. He is interested in Indie musicians, Video Games, Anime, and just about anything in Arts and Entertainment. He tries to find art with true meaning in the new and upcoming artists and hopes to reach more creative professionals.

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