The Girl On The Train review – Underwhelming thriller

Title: The Girl On The Train
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Parineeti Chopra, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kirti Kulhari, Avinash Tiwary
Director: Ribhu Dasgupta
Streaming on: Netflix
Language: Hindi

Story: A traumatic incident causes Mira Kapoor (Parineeti Chopra) to experience inconsistencies in her memory and she tends to forget things quickly. Mira thinks she killed Nusrat John (Aditi Rao Hydari) but is unable to confirm it due to her medical condition. Has Mira really committed the murder or not forms the story.

Performances: Parineeti Chopra plays a role where the story revolves completely around her. She has done quite an impressive job. Aditi Rao Hydari, Kirti Kulhari and Avinash Tiwary have comparatively les screen time but they have done their parts neatly. Remaining supporting actors just come and go.

Technicalities: Camerawork is good and apt for a thriller. The entire film takes place in London and DOP Tribhuvan Babu has not missed out on capturing a few aerial shots of the famous beautiful places in London. Music is okay. While the background score is decent, the songs don’t register much. Editing is good and nicely done in a way best for thrillers. Despite multiple tos and fros in the story, editing ensured there is no confusion.

Analysis: This film is based on the English novel and film by the same name. Right from the start, it’s clearly evident that this film failed to establish proper connect. The emotional connect is weak despite Parineeti trying her level best. The starting portions are decent and create some kind of interest. After that, the narration turns completely flat and dull until the last half hour. The twists and turns towards the end don’t create the intended impact. The main climax twist clicked well and the rest were somewhat obvious. There is no sense of tension or suspense in the way the film is narrated which is the major letdown. The writing should have been better and taken more care of while adapting the film to the Indian style and yet filming it in London. The film is not all that terribly bad though. It has some interesting moments but doesn’t have enough sparks and fuel to create a certain level of satisfaction.

On a whole: The Girl On The Train is not one of those typical edge of the seat thrillers. It is watchable for those who love thrillers but are not much exposed to the best of world cinema.

Rating: 2.5/5

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