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Carrie (2013)

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A shy girl, outcasted by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Margaret White
... Carrie White
... Sue Snell
... Chris Hargensen
... Tina
... Heather
... Nicki
... Lizzy
... Tommy Ross
... George Dawson
... Ms. Desjardin
... Principal Morton
... Miss Helen Finch
Evan Gilchrist ... Greg Delois
Eddie Max Huband ... Harry Trenant (as Eddie Huband)
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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 it on the Internet. Their teacher Ms. Desjardin punishes the students, but when Chris challenges her, she is suspended and consequently is banned from the prom. Meanwhile, Carrie discovers that she has telekinesis and learns how to control her ability. Sue Snell, one of the girls that tormented Carrie, feels bad 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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The power never dies. See more »

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Drama | Horror

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Rated R for bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexual content. | See all certifications »

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18 October 2013 (USA)  »

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Carrie, la vengeance  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,000,000, 20 October 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,266,619

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,790,678
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In the pig farm scene, Billy Nolan (played by Alex Russell) kisses the sledgehammer before killing the pig. Alex Russell actually got sick after this because there were pig droppings on the sledgehammer. See more »

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When Tommy asks Carrie to the prom for the second time, the position of the cross hanging around Carrie's neck changes. See more »

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[first lines]
Margaret White: [long bellowing cry from behind the door] Help me!
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References Black Swan (2010) See more »

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Come Alive
Written and performed by Hanni El Khatib
Courtesy of Innovative Leisure
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a good remake, but doesn't touch De Palma's classic
6 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Carrie is a remake of a classic horror film adapted from the novel written by Stephen King, and was originally directed by Brian De Palma. this remake is directed by Kimberly Peirce in the year 2013 and was a surprisingly good film in an age where tasteless remakes flooded the movie market. while it does succeed on many levels it never quite matches up with the original. it is difficult to review a remake without drawing comparisons to it's source material, I will try to not linger on comparisons and be as brief as possible in that department.

in technical terms this film sits just a few pegs below the original. De Palma's Carrie had some of the most beautiful cinematography ever filmed for a horror movie. while the camera work in this movie is definitely astounding it never quite lives up to what De Palma could do behind the camera. also the original did a much better job at making the climactic prom scene more surprising and horrific. De Palma slowly built up to that scene with great restraint. where this film showed a lot less restraint in the sense that it uses the powers Carrie has much more frequently and to a greater extent. Sissy Spacek (1976 version) is also much better in the role of Carrie, but Julianne Moore (2013 version) is much better in the role of carrie's mother.

on it's own though this movie stands tall in the departments of acting, sound design, cinematography, lighting and also does a great job of modernizing the story for this generation. Chloe Grace Moretz does an excellent job as Carrie and really allows us to sympathize with her character. being so repressed (both sexually and in the general sense)and controlled while also having to deal with constant bullying and teenage torment. Moretz telegraphs this internal torment and builds it into the unstable and exhausted Carrie that we see after the prom scene perfectly. Julianna Moore really knocks it out of the park as carrier's mother. delivering an amazing performance as the parental figure with insecurities that she chooses to not face by hiding behind her religious beliefs, causing Carrie to suffer. when it comes to the writing not much was changed with regards to the plot, mainly we just get the "benefit" of modern effects. but these effects for the most part fall flat. while yes they look kind of impressive it is far to over the top. Carrie becomes comparable to a superhero. it was more so flashy than horrific. this is where the movie loses major points. the prom scene as well as everything after it ended up being fairly underwhelming.

to top off the review ill say that while the film was definitely a very good and well made movie, key aspects of what made the original so horrific are missing and replaced with over the top CGI, weaker acting (with the exception of Julianne Moore) and weaker cinematography. definitely worth a watch and by all means it is a good movie, (better than just good actually) but it pales in comparison to the masterpiece that is the original film.

the verdict: 7/10


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