A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
Carrie White is shy and outcast 17-year old girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, and unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates for the last time at her senior prom.
Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival.
The outcast teenager Carrie White is bullied by her classmates at high-school. Her mother Margaret White is a pious and paranoid woman that sees sin everywhere and the need of self-inflicting punishment. When Carrie has her first period, she does not understand what is happening to her and her classmates humiliate her in the changing room. The spiteful Chris Hargensen videotapes Carrie with her cell phone and posts in Internet. Their teacher Ms. Desjardin punishes the students, but when Chris challenges her, she is suspended and consequently she can not go to the prom. Meanwhile Carrie discovers that she has telekinesis and learns how to control her ability. The popular Sue Snell feels bad with her attitude towards Carrie and asks her boyfriend Tommy Ross to invite Carrie to go with him to the prom to make up for what she did to Carrie. But Chris and her boyfriend Billy Nolan plot an evil prank with her friends to seek vengeance for Carrie with tragic consequences. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In the novel, Margaret listens to the Tennessee Ernie Ford song "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning." Director Kimberly Peirce always planned to use the song, but when she discovered Julianne Moore could sing, she also had her croon the hymn. Moore's rendition was both in the film and prominently featured in the ad campaign. See more »
Just after Carrie leaves the burning school and u see her feet land you will see she has no shoes on. For the rest of the movie she is wearing formal shoes. See more »
Some films should absolutely never be remade. There is no way anyone could top 'Gone With the Wind' or 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.' However, some films have been redone and rather well. Some stories are timeless, making it possible to tell them again in a different place and time. Stephen King's novel 'Carrie' takes place in early 1970s, as does the film based on it. That piece of celluloid was a hit and is considered to be one of the greatest Horror films.
The first film based on a King book to get remade was 'The Shining' in 1997. It was done for TV, allowing for a more faithful adaptation. Some like it, but it is still overshadowed by it's predecessor. Five years later, someone decided to do the same with the story of Carrie White. Both it and the mediocre 'The Rage: Carrie 2' were quickly forgotten. After being apprehensive about this second update, the result is beyond better than expected.
Pros: Phenomenal performances. Impressive show by Kimberly Pierce, who balances the drama and horror very well. Beautifully scored. Rich cinematography. Well paced. Some pretty powerful sequences, big and small. Some great nods to the 1976 film, as well as the novel. Startling effects.
Cons: Could have used more subtlety, mainly in the first half.
Final thoughts: Remaking 'Carrie' for the digital age was a pretty smart idea. Bullying has been in the news more than ever, making this film a good way to raise awareness. Fortunately, it's more than someone standing on a soap box. Kimberly Pierce and Co. have crafted a compelling and frightening retelling of a great story. It pays homage to the first film, while having a voice all it's own.
My rating: 4.5/5
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