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Carrie - Review


Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

KIMBERLY Peirce’s remake of Carrie had a lot of potential to bring something fresh and contemporary to Stephen King’s tale but despite some interesting moments itis a largely wasted opportunity.

If anything, the film seems caught between two minds, desperate to remain reverential to both the source text and Brian De Palma’s original movie, yet occasionally keen to break out on its own.

The basic ingredients are the same. Carrie (Chloe Grace Moretz) is forced to lead a sheltered existence by her devoutly religious mother (Julianne Moore), which makes her an outcast and an easy target for her high school peers.

Following one particularly mean-spirited (and horrifically captured) prank involving tampons, however, classmate Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde) takes pity on her and persuades her boyfriend to accompany Carrie to the prom, unaware that another classmate, Chris (Portia Doubleday), is planning yet another humiliation that, once exacted, prompts Carrie to unleash hitherto untapped telekinetic powers.

Peirce’s film begins well and is nicely performed (especially by Moretz and Moore), while also gaining a certain credit for the way in which it blurs the lines between the supernatural and the real. It also has some relevant things to say about bullying and peer pressure, particularly with regard to social media’s role in making things worse.

But the longer it lasts, the more generic it becomes and the final third of the film struggles to distinguish itself either from De Palma’s much better original or other horror remakes that are content merely to opt for shot by shot ‘reverence’.

As hard as its willing cast try, this Carrie eventually feels fairly redundant.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 100mins
UK Release Date: November 29, 2013