We went to see this movie my mother wanted to see it. I said ok. I like murder mysteries.
It started really good as a character study.
Rachel an unemployed alcoholic going back and forth each day to her nonexistant job. She also stalked her exhusband and new wife and their baby.
I could understand the rage she felt for them. She found out her ex and new wife Anna were having sex whil le Rachel and her husband were married.
Rachel also became obsessed with this couple she saw each day from her seat in the train. The couple lived two houses down from her ex and new wife’s home.
In then shifted to Megan the object of Rachel’s obseession. A far more complex character then Rachel invisioned.
One day Rachel sees Megan hugging a strange man on Megan’s upstairs porch Rachel went into a rage because she flashbacked to her husband and Anna.
Megan is also Anna and exhubby’s nanny.
Well Rachel got drunk and got off the train and into the woods. She sees Anna.
Now here is a problem Anna and Megan look a lot alike.
Rachel wakes up in her apartment bloody and bruised. She realizes she blacked out and cannot remember.
Megan also goes missing. Coincidence time I know.
The mystery starts out good. I suspected Rachel blacked out thought she went to confront Anna but showed up at the wrong house killing Megan.
She then was suspected by a cop played by Allison Janney. Good as a really tough cop. She needed way more scenes.
The movie did a lot of flashbacks with Megan. She had an affair with her therapist.
Of course the therapist was brought in for questioning and bizarrely kept being a therapist even Rachel’s therapist.
The last twenty minutes movie fell apart. Rachel’s memories of drunken blackouts where she got violent well they were planted in her mind by her then husband. Megan who was Anna’s and the exhusband’s nanny well she was having sex with the husband.
Not sure if you can plant false memories after a person had a blackout due to being drunk.
Ok this is where it started falling apart. There were flashbacks with Megan and her husband, Megan and the therapist but only in last five minutes scene with her and Anna’s husband. No reason what ever why they were having sex.
Of course Rachel put it all together along with Anna so they confronted the husband. He tried to kill Rachel but she and Anna killed him first with a corkscrew in neck.
It seemed like such an old stereotype. Husband and babysitter/nanny have sex, she announces she is pregnant to husband and husband kills her.
It also felt the writer may also have been having issues with her exhusband. Let’s see cheatng on Rachel, planting false memories during her blackouts, blaming her for getting fired, getting remarried have a child along with living in same home he and Rachel shared, havng sex with the nanny, killing the nanny
If it stayed as a character study of Rachel, Anna and Megan it would have been good. If Janney had more scenes investigating. Instead it felt rushed at end with an old murder stereotype and a “my exhusband is so bad let me tell you”.
Emily Blount did a good job, she started fairly unlikable with her stalking but Blount showed her character struggled with it.
The one playing Megan was very good.
The story though. Well if you never saw orginal Strangers On A Train see it, far better movie. Gone Girl was also far better. Watch this movie when it comes to basic cable.
Also one thing that I found odd were the sex scenes. They lasted seconds each but the women both Anna’s scene and Megan’s scene they both seemed very detached from the sex. Anyone else notice it.
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Anyone like it?