Emily Blunt. That was enough for me to go into it cautiously optimistic. It’s rare that I go into a movie without knowing everything about it, whether from having read the book it was based off of, or the comic, or an internet article, or just the God-forsaken trailers.
Let’s say that I wasn’t disappointed, but I also wasn’t blown away.
The movie follows Rachel (Emily Blunt), a woman who is obviously very far gone. She’s an alcoholic, can barely stand or even speak, and consistently rides the train every day into the city, despite the fact that she’s been fired by her job. She lives with her friend (Donna from that 70s show), and consistently
There’s a lot of intrigue in this movie as you try to piece together what is happening. It unfortunately gets revealed early to those that are paying attention to the clues, or just to the fact that there are very few people actually in the movie. However, it still brings up Gone Girl in a sense of suburbanized, behind-the-scenes murder story. There is so much that goes on behind the closed doors, you find yourself wondering about your own neighbors, and where the woods behind your house lead (if I had woods behind my house, that is).
though…the colors match with the film. There are some scenes that really hurt me as a parent. If you are one, I’d advise at least some caution before you pop it in. There is the matter of one character’s backstory, there is a scene where a child is taken while the mother sleeps, and there is another example of child death. The scene is played intensely, and you feel the mother’s pain as well.
Overall, I thought the film was pretty good. I’m going to give it a “B+”.
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"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"