The Girl On The Train: Trailer Review

This is one of the best put-together trailers I have seen in a long time; I couldn’t not write a post about it. The trailer has also lead me to purchase and begin reading the novel it is based upon, ‘The Girl On The Train’ by Paula Hawkins. The novel has broken records becoming one of the fastest-selling books of all time; it is officially a global bestseller. If this doesn’t sell it to you I don’t know what will.

From what I can tell the film follows the character Rachel Watson’s life post-divorce; every day she takes the train to work and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife. (Ouch.) However, one day as the train passes she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. She wakes the next day with no memory of the night before – she has only a feeling; something bad happened. It is shortly revealed that Megan Hipwell (her ex-husband’s new wife) is missing….

What I love about this trailer is that from beginning to end you are gripped with the new enigmas that unfold throughout. Who is Megan Hipwell really? What happened to her? What are the connections? Why/how is Rachael involved? And of course – is she dead or alive?

Like most trailers the pace builds throughout the 2 minute duration, until a dramatic climax is shown to shock the audience. However this is done several times in the last 30 seconds of this particular trailer; shocking the audience again and again until they must have answers to the enigmatic shots being shown before them. The last two shots with the combination of a loud, blaring train horn are what I think are most effective, and are still making me jump slightly each time I watch.

I cannot wait to read and watch this brilliant example of enigmatic storytelling.

Ramble over.


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