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Jack Carr

As genres go it's pretty niche, but there's something about the thriller movie set on a train that gets the pulse racing, whether it's an oldie-but-goodie (Murder on the Orient Express) or something fresh (the dystopian sci-fi flick Snowpiercer).

It may not be on your radar yet, but the movie adaptation of last year's bestseller The Girl on the Train will arrive in theaters later this year - and you should be seriously stoked.


The story has drawn comparisons with Gone Girl, which you may remember as the most outrageously entertaining movie of 2014 and yet another peak in director David Fincher's illustrious career. In Train, written by first-time author Paula Hawkins, a woman named Rachel travels past the home of her ex-husband each during her morning commute. He's moved on; she hasn't.

It ain't coffee in that cup.
It ain't coffee in that cup.

At a regular signal stop, Rachel gazes into the home of an unknown couple and finds herself projecting a romantic story onto the strangers, christening them Jess and Jason. They appear very much in love - until something happens to shatter the illusion, and suddenly Rachel is drawn into a spider's web of mystery and deceit.

Complicating everything further, Rachel is a borderline alcoholic who can't get through the day without a G&T. Thus, she's a classic unreliable narrator - not unlike Gone Girl's twisted protagonist Amy Dunne. The book also touches on classic Hitchcock story tropes like mistaken identity, and the most obvious reference point is his masterpiece Rear Window, in which an injured man witnesses a crime from the window of his apartment.

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If you still need convincing, try this on for size: Emily Blunt is playing the lead role of Rachel, and after her debut in The Devil Wears Prada and excellent performances in Looper and Sicario, this feels like the movie that will properly cement the Brit as one of Hollywood's most exciting leading ladies.

Meet Paula Hawkins. She's a girl on a train, see?
Meet Paula Hawkins. She's a girl on a train, see?

The rest of the cast is pretty impressive too, from The Leftovers star Justin "Mr. Aniston" Theroux to Rebecca Ferguson, whose femme fatale had everybody buzzing over Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Throw in Lisa Kudrow, The Hobbit's Luke Evans, and Laura Prepon from Orange is The New Black and you've got yourself a mighty fine ensemble of thespians.

Stephen King, the legendary crime novelist, creative genius and professional giver of recommendations, reckons the book gave him a touch of insomnia...

...which is not bad for a debut novel.

The movie relocates the action from London to NYC, because obviously Americans can't handle anything set east of New Jersey. Will it be as delicious as Gone Girl? Probably not, but let's not hold The Girl On The Train to too high a standard. It nonetheless promises to be this year's twistiest, most Hitchcockian thriller, and that alone is reason to enough to be super hyped.

Now I just need to kill some time until October 7th. Barman? I'll take a G&T.


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