CHLOE GRACE MORETZ   JULIANNE MOORE   JUDY GREER

CARRIE

 Yet another great example of a film remake that should never have happened. Director Kimberly Pierce (Boy’s Don’t Cry) admits being a huge fan of Brian DePalma, who did the original 1976 version with Sissy Spacek. You can actually draw similarities between the bullying and the outsider characters featured in Pierce’s films, but Carrie isn’t an improvement on the original and, while I admit the introduction of modern technology into the film works, overall this is a film about super powers, devil children and exacting revenge. Carrie is not a horror film regardless of its efforts and marketing; in fact, most of the pivotal scenes in the new film were laughed at by audiences in not-so-crowded theaters.

​When Carrie White (Moretz) was born, her unmarried mother (Margaret) nearly disposed of her due to the circumstances surrounding the birth. Now in high school, Carrie’s entire upbringing has been sheltered, detached and unloved. Ridiculed at school, Carrie is surprised when the most popular boy in school asks her to the prom. Convinced it is just another trick, she decides against her better judgment to attend the prom. At home her mother forbids her to attend the event; “after the blood comes the boys,” she warns. Carrie also begins noticing that she has telekinetic powers to move things at will, further distancing her from normalcy.

​Julianne Moore (Psycho) now has two horror remakes under her belt, both of which are embarrassing failures. Moore, while disturbing in the role of the religiously disturbed mother, isn’t the only poor casting choice. When she is all dolled up at the prom, there is no way that Moretz would be the subject of such ridicule based on the actor’s natural beauty; she is just too pretty for this role. It’s actually Greer (The Descendants) who has some of the best scenes in the entire film, especially the football field punishment. Carrie is ultimately a film about bullying and, in turn, retribution. Honestly, the first half of the film does a good job at creating sympathy for this girl, but when the super powers become the focus, it’s all downhill.

​Make it scary, make it disturbing, or don’t make it at all. Carrie lacks a message, a defining moment or material that leaves you talking afterward. Younger audiences might not be familiar with the original, but Carrie was never some terrific script; remaking a mediocre film doesn’t seem like much of a challenge for anyone involved. Since the original release of Carrie we have had so many films on the topic of high school bullying that fair way better than this remake; younger audiences are likely to compare this to Mean Girls with a supernatural twist.

Final Thought – A completely unnecessary remake.

Grade C-

By: Dustin Chase