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Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Unsatisfying Denouement of 'The Girl on the Train'

One of the hardest skills for a film director to accomplish is to create suspense and dread, especially when there is a twist somewhere in the story.

It has worked great for movies like The Sixth Sense and Gone Girl, making you want to watch the movie again and again to find out if everything else in the rest of the movie is plausible, before the twist was revealed.

I haven't read Paula Hawkins' The Girl on the Train but now I may have to because being a woman writer, I'm sure she did not really mean to create three female characters and make them look so helpless and needy and foolish.

Emily Blunt though, is just superb in this movie, going through lengths to make herself look ugly and disgusting - and she has created a character that's just one sad sack.

However, even with the presence of a good cast, it really takes some skill to make a moviegoer be on the edge of his (or her) seat, especially as the story built up to the big reveal.

In the end, I just felt anger at the women characters, for allowing themselves to be played this way - considering that their characters are not entirely dumb, or helpless, or poor, or uneducated.

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