THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

— by Jeff Schultz

Dreary and unlikeable, with a complicated set-up that, along with its ping-ponging back and forth through time, is difficult to initially follow, this murder mystery left me pretty cold. Emily Blunt has a thankless role as a not-so-hot alcoholic mess who has to work her way through a blur of booze and blackouts to a solution that isn’t too hard to see coming. We have Alison Janney, in a smallish role as one of the detectives, to thank for bringing a little life into the proceedings — as does, in an even smaller role, an almost unrecognizable Laura Prepon, her hair and eyebrows dyed black. It seems longer than it is, like a train ride you’ve taken many times before with not much new to see.

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