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Carrie
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Feb 18, 2014 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Kimberly Peirce

Actors:
Chloe Grace Moretz
Julianne Moore
Judy Greer

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A troubled young girl develops telekinetic powers which she uses to unleash hell on her fellow students at Prom after a prank goes horribly wrong.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Having not been a diehard King fan growing up, I never set out to watch the original CARRIEóthat, and thereís the fact it just felt dated by the time I really got into movies. I knew the story, of course, and from what I hear, they did an alright job with things as far as that goes. That said, bullying has become a far too real pandemic these days which makes this film a hard sell for me. Itís one thing if they just teased Carrie a bit (being home schooled with do that to you), but damn, these bitches go for the gold. The tampon shower scene is pretty brutal, but taping it and releasing it for the entire school to see (once viral and the other on the big screen at prom) is horrible. Sure, one could argue that AMERICAN PIE did the same thing and just because Jimís situation was much more Ďfunnyí itís okay, but neither scenario is okay. But the real question here, is why in hell are these girls so damn angry? JACKASS took pranks to the next level, but killing pigs, buckets of blood and actually wanting to kill someone is pretty damn dark.

All that aside, in classic King fashion, there are cool ideas that simply go nowhere. Telekinesis was bar none the coolest aspect of this film. I would have loved to understand how she just came by it all of a sudden, and aside from her going all Dark Phoenix at the end, I would have much rather seen her do more than levitate her bed, books and beat the shit out of her mom. Julianne Mooreís character (Carrieís mom) was also an interesting idea that just went all over the damn place with little reasoning. The opening sequence was nuts, but I didnít understand why she was willing to kill her own daughter. Hell, I still donít. She goes on about sin, and men being evil, and I think being raped, but her trail of incoherent ramblings is missing a few breadcrumbs. I wanted to know why Carrie was being home-schooled, why suddenly she wasnít, where all this hate was coming from, and why everyone in the neighborhood seemed apt to bully her (even little Billy from down the street was calling her crazy Carrie).

CARRIE is a useless remake, like most remakes these days. Props for giving it an R rating, for delivering a gruesome symphony of death in the final act, and for giving me a reason to watch Chloe Grace Moretz for a couple hours (I love her). Thatís my other big problem with this flick. Chloe Grace Moretz is hot. Hang onÖnope, I donít any sirens so weíre good. Yes, I feel a little icky saying that, but there it is. Bottom line, I couldnít take Carrie seriously. You donít go from Hit Girl to Carrie, and when she cleans herself up at the end for prom, damn. And then thereís Prom. I couldnít help but shake my head at how the story went with Prom. As good Samaritan-like as it was, no chick would give up Prom for the loser she was bullying, I donít care how bad she felt, and she especially wouldnít get her boyfriend to take this other girl instead. In what universe that sounded plausible, I have no idea, but itís a laughable concept.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Director Kimberly Peirce give a by the book commentary that feels forced and boring. Itís always better to have some actors with you on these.

Alternate Ending: Ugh. The ugly truth here is that neither ending is especially good, so it really doesnít matter which one you watch.

Deleted/Alternate Scenes: Ten minutes worth and again, nothing especially competing, but yet again, they never usually are. And is it me, or is the director seem annoying as hell.

Tina on Fire Stunt Double Dailies: A short bit on how the pyrotechnics work for the finale. It looked great to me.

Creating CARRIE: A making-of feature that plays out with the cast and crew trying to justify the remake. Sorry folks, Iím not drinking the pigís blood flavored Kool-Aid.

The Power of Telekinesis: If only this was properly explored. Sigh.

Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise: This coolass viral was the best thing about this movieÖand as great as it is, thatís still not a good thing.

Previews: We get some trailers, as well as a DVD and Ultraviolet Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
CARRIE had a couple high notes, but mostly falls flatter than a squished tampon. Every now and then a really cool remake comes out and my opinion on the subject wavers for just a second, then we get one of these turds and Iím back to shaking my head. Thereís no reason to go out of your way for this one.
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10:53AM on 02/18/2014
"Telekinesis was bar none the coolest aspect of this film. I would have loved to understand how she just came by it all of a sudden". This isn't sci-fi. Supernatural things can happen in a horror movie with no explanation. "why everyone in the neighborhood seemed apt to bully her (even little Billy from down the street was calling her crazy Carrie)". Did you miss the flashback with the meteor shower? Maybe not everyone in the neighborhood had seen CARRIE and her mom in person, but they all
"Telekinesis was bar none the coolest aspect of this film. I would have loved to understand how she just came by it all of a sudden". This isn't sci-fi. Supernatural things can happen in a horror movie with no explanation. "why everyone in the neighborhood seemed apt to bully her (even little Billy from down the street was calling her crazy Carrie)". Did you miss the flashback with the meteor shower? Maybe not everyone in the neighborhood had seen CARRIE and her mom in person, but they all had heard rumours. That's how suburbia is. And even if that had been forgotten, there's still the fact that the mom is crazy and always treat others like sinners.
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9:04AM on 02/18/2014

POINTLESS

I agree with the review here! A soul less remake with great talent. Every time the action started to happen they shy away with quick cuts. While some moments are tense or interesting the next moment becomes really boring. But again as with all remakes I wonder how someone who has never seen the original will react.
I agree with the review here! A soul less remake with great talent. Every time the action started to happen they shy away with quick cuts. While some moments are tense or interesting the next moment becomes really boring. But again as with all remakes I wonder how someone who has never seen the original will react.
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