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A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Carrie is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Written by
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Bad teen drama parading around as a supernatural horror film simply pales in every aspect to original
"Carrie" is the most recent horror retread to come out of Hollywood's "We're-out-of-ideas!" machine, and like its many predecessors (Halloween, Evil Dead, etc) it falls short of the original. Maybe it's unfair to compare this film to a classic, but "Carrie" is asking for it, being such a literal remake, even down to the framing of some shots. And where it does deliver freshness, specifically in a brand new opening scene and its handling of Carrie's powers, it stumbles.
The film follows Carrie (Moretz), an outcast teenager who juggles fitting in at school and dealing with her overtly religious, abusive mother (Moore). On top of this, she is discovering that she may have telekinesis, which causes more harm than good. Moore is the standout in the cast, but that's not saying much as most of the acting is one-dimensional and the dialogue is idiotic. Moretz, who is normally a strong presence, simply lacks the natural sadness, strangeness and imminent menace of Spacek's Carrie. It's a bad sign in horror films when scenes intended to frighten evoke laughs, and "Carrie" has it in spades. Even though the unique and dynamic story and mother-daughter relationship keep this from being a complete bore-fest, what we're left with is a bad teen drama parading around as a supernatural horror film that simply pales in every aspect to the original. It's sloppy, lazy, forgettable, and ultimately useless. Skip this one. Go see "Captain Philips" or "Gravity". Better yet, stream the 1976 "Carrie" off Netflix.
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