Desimartini | Updated - November 15, 2017 4:21 PM IST
Verdict - A movie you can give a miss
What can be said is that this is a confusing and somewhat boring murder mystery made worse due to a non linear narrative which makes it very taxing for the audience. Why can't a film be made in a naturally occurring sequence? It is most irritating to see the present day and then move on to something which happened " 6 months earlier ". I don't think this makes it any more exciting.
Anyway the central character of this film Rachel ( Emily Brunt) is quite a complicated person. She is divorced , has a serious drinking problem, fantasises and hallucinates often, is sad and brooding all the time. She routinely takes a train to her place of work in New York. On the way she sees people in their homes happy and content as she perceives them. On one occasion she sees her ex husband with another woman and her imagination starts running wild.( Rachel also has black outs where she does not remember what has happened the night before.)
A love triagle has developed, a lady is missing and there is a local police investigation going on. A murder which has taken place solves the mystery.
As mentioned before this film keeps you confused due to the haphazard presentation of events though the superb photography makes it attractive to watch. The overall mood of the film is of pessimism, depression, sadness, and a feeling of impending tragedy.There are a number of sequences of domestic violence which are a grimacing watch.
Emily Brunt is there all over the film as the suffering and tormented Rachel. She has acted well and does successfully bring across the complexities of her character.
A word for the superb cinematography and other technical qualities of the film.