Carrie (2013)


Carrie (2013)

Directed by Kimberly Peirce.

Synopsis: A timid, outcast high school senior struggles to fit in while being bullied by her classmates due to her sheltered life ruled by her Christian fundamentalist mother. Even while in class it seems not only are her classmates quick to tease her, but her teachers as well. After gym class in the girls locker room Carrie showers by herself and begins to menstruate. Terrified Carrie screams for help, only to be surrounded by laughter and torment. The gym teacher and only ally runs to her rescue. Carrie becomes further frustrated by her mother’s smothering and lack of guidance which led to her traumatic day at school. Her mother Margret becomes enraged by Carrie’s questioning and locks her in a closet room to pray. Through a series of emotionally charged moments Carrie begins to notice her power over her environment and learns she has telekinesis. A growing confidence is sparked within Carrie and she starts to push back. After being invited to the prom by a high school jock, Carrie locks her mother in the closet determined to fit in with her classmates. Unfortunately Carrie is tormented not long after she arrives and she takes it out on everyone.

Review: This new version of Carrie is closely modelled after the 1976 version starring Sissy Specek with a few sparse modern modifications. The visual effects are better as technology has advanced, and now bullies have more modern methods such as YouTube. Julianne Moore does as excellent job of capturing the disturbed, crazed, and fanatic Christian Margret White. While Carrie’s classmates take on the role of deviants and bullies easily, I was disappointed by the casting of Carrie herself. Unfortunately, Chloe Grace Moretz who plays Carrie fails to catch the same timid fragility that Sissy Spacek was able to hone. Spacek was convincing as the misunderstood misfit who made you want to root for her and quite honestly Moretz looks like she could take you. Conclusion, if you’re in the mood for Carrie by Stephen King, stick to the original.


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