8 Ways The Girl On The Train Is Just A Lazy Gone Girl
8. The Confusion Over The Protagonist’s Guilt
One of the biggest
parallels between the two films is that they both spend a lot of time on the
ambiguity over whether our protagonist is actually the murderer. Now this is a
very good thing, allowing a fresh take on the missing-person genre and going
into the mindset of those closest to the victim. The distinction here is how
With Ben Affleck's Nick Dunne it’s a
complex moral question, because, while everything we see of him after Amy’s
disappearance points towards a grief-ridden husband, we never actually saw him
before those events, and are led along by what turn out to be misleading flashbacks. We don’t think he’s capable of it, but
there’s nothing to suggest he didn't.
The Girl With The
Train not only manufactures the audience’s perspective, but also the protagonist’s,
using Emily Blunt's Rachel’s alcoholism as a convenient narrative gap that isn’t filled until
the plot demands it. It’s apparent from her waking up all bloodied she saw something, but while Blunt can go all wide-eyed, it's obvious she was a direct participant.