Rachel's story begins to escalate - she stalks her husband and his wife, even so far as she was accused of 'child abduction'. She's an alcoholic who can't stop drinking no matter how she tries. On top of her spiraling life, she finds herself in a middle of a missing person investigation. The missing person - the woman who she used to observe everyday from her commute to and from the city.
The narrative breaks into three parts and spans two timelines - Rachel and Anna run in the present, and Megan telling her story in the past. While this narrative aims to tell the stories of the three women and how they get involved, it takes away from the story. The characters are surface deep; there's no attachment to any of the three women that it's hard to be sympathetic to their situation. Rachel runs around stumbling and mumbling all the time, Megan tries her best to have some sort of redemption but fails, and Anna basically acts as fodder to the story.
Emily Blunt gives a mediocre but convincing performance, a far outcry from her great roles. Rebecca Ferguson and Haley Bennett give passable performances but both women could have amped it up for their character to be convincing - especially Ferguson's. Bennett's Megan needed a personality that wouldn't make you indifferent to her. The character was strolling the lines between indifference and empathy. Luke Evans and Justin Theroux both disappeared to the sidelines. I was hoping for a bit more gusto from Theroux's performance as he had his big moment to put everything in. It was still gruesome and the atmosphere really sunk in, but it wasn't enough to save this movie. The pacing only picks up at the last 30 minutes, and it had momentum that I wished was present throughout the film.
This shouldn't have been marketed as the next 'Gone Girl'; expectations from this movie could have easily stemmed from the book. However, execution was bordering mediocre to bland, a disappointing feat to what could have been a good thriller.