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Movie review: ‘Girl on the Train’ a slow trip to nowhere
First Published Jul 17 2014 03:12 pm • Last Updated Jul 18 2014 11:31 am

The indie thriller "The Girl on the Train" is a mere 80 minutes, but so self-important and slow that it makes time move backward.

Danny ("Lost’s" Henry Ian Cusick) is a documentarian who encounters a young beauty, Lexi (Nicki Aycox), on the train. He keeps watching the train to repeat the meeting, and soon Lexi has ensnared him in a "Double Indemnity"-like scenario to put the hurt on a shady lawyer (John L. Payne).

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‘The Girl on the Train’

Opens Friday, July 18, at the Tower Theatre; rated R for language and some violence; 80 minutes.

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Writer-director Larry Brand buries his noir plot under useless layers of flashback and fantasy sequences and embellished it with a creaky framing device that has Danny telling the story in a police interrogation room to a skeptical detective (Stephen Lang).

Worst of all are Brand’s thick swaths of phony-philosophical dialogue that is meant to sound a lot smarter than it really is.

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