The Girl On The Train Rachel Watson’s (Emily Blunt) sees something that’s very suspicious as she looks outside the window from the train. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. So, what she sees is her life post-divorce which becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down. Megan Hipwell (Haley Bennett) and Scott Hipwell (Luke Evans) are the neighbors.
What dreams does Rachel Watson see?
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, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.
What could you do with the power to create another person’s memories?
Perhaps make them remember you as always wonderful or themselves as always hopeless. This unusual premise runs through The Girl on the Train (2016), its plausibility resting on the victim being in such an alcoholic haze. These regular blackouts become blank mental spaces to be filled with memories chosen by someone close. Rachel’s alcoholism started when IVF failed and it eventually ended her dream marriage. This twisted relationship between memory and truth filters the story in ways that produce a novel viewpoint in a traditional thriller.