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Carrie remake (2013)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Kimberly Peirce

Starring:
Chloë Grace Moretz/Carrie
Julianne Moore/Margaret
Gabriella Wilde/Sue
Portia Doubleday /Chris
PLOT-CRUNCH
Introverted teenager Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz) is bullied by her peers at school. But when she develops telekinetic powers after getting her first period, she fights back. Wait a minute... haven’t I seen this movie already?
THE LOWDOWN

Stephen King's1974 novel CARRIE has been adapted to film 3 times before. We had the 1976 Brian DePalma flick, the low budget quasi sequel The Rage: Carrie 2 in 1999 and the Angela Bettis starring TV Movie Carrie in 2002 (Which I've never seen, should I?). And now here we wig out again with yet another stab at the material! I was actually all for Kimberly Peirce’s remake of Carrie being that I always found DePalma's film to be overrated and incredibly dated (William Katt’s hair alone sets the movie back to the stone age). But after seeing this flat modern take on it, I'll have to re-visit DePalma's film again; maybe I've been too hard on it and will appreciate it more.

The folks behind this Carrie remake went on record in the media saying that they wanted to stay closer to the book as opposed to DePalma’s movie (which they winked at here BTW). And after the fly teaser trailer that was released, showcasing a whole town ravaged by Carrie’s powers, I was pretty pumped for that angle. You see in the book, Carrie’s damage doesn’t just go down in her school; the whole freaking town gets a taste of her wrath. Alas, now that I’ve wrestled the beast I know better. That scene in the teaser trailer was nowhere to be found in the actual flick and going against what was said, this re-do was basically DePalma’s movie all over again but without the depth, the boldness, visual panache or the sly metaphors. So before I start using my telekinesis powers to rip this one a new a-hole and shove a truck up it, let me find something good to say...

Well, ummm, the flick moved at a brisk pace (too swift if you ask me, more on that below) and I was never bored, which is always a good thing I guess. Moreover director Kimberly Peirce had a couple moments behind the lens with a handful of cool shots on display. The talented Chloë Grace Moretz was HANDS DOWN  the best thing about the movie and was my anchor to the whole spiel. She gave an affable show and communicated so much via her physicality and  facial expressions. I really warmed up to her. This girl owns! Granted she was maybe too pretty for the role but it wasn’t a hindrance as I clocked the film. She was basically an insecure gal with a f*cked up Mom and I bought that. All I needed. Her good looks didn’t get in the way. Julianne Moore was full on creepy as Carrie's INSANE mother, newcomer Ansel Elgort was likeable as Tommy Ross (dude will go places), Judy Greer was aces as the good hearted teacher and although she didn’t get enough screen time, Gabriella Wilde shined as Sue Snell. The film needed more of her.

On the flip-side, the characters and relationships were underdeveloped or one-note to the point that I wouldn’t believe some of the happenings (like Sue’s “gift” to Carrie for example). The chain of events was way too rushed as well. It was like the movie was in a hurry to get to the prom scene so it just skimmed over everything, hence what should have had impact, didn’t. The whole thing came off like a Studio chop job. I kept feeling like there was more to this movie (like all the stuff that deviated from DePalma's film) and it wound up rotting on the cutting room floor. Then we had the “villains” of the film who were beyond one dimensional and had such half cocked motivations, that I couldn’t stop laughing at them. They did all of this for that? Makes no rational sense. Get a life! At least Portia Doubleday was pleasant to look at. I'd tap it! And of course being that I have seen the 1976 version there were zero surprises here and hardly any deviations from the DePalma classic (tossing social media in there was a smart move – but they underplayed that too).

Now that I think of it, you’ve seen the full trailer of this new Carrie movie, you will know its every plot turn. So that kind of blew, watching a film and knowing in advance every single f*cking thing that will go down. And the last spit in the face was the Prom carnage scene. Really? That’s it? The movie hurried through its story and trampled over its characterization to get to that? Talk about underwhelming, with not enough violence or creativity and way too much CGI for its own good. The Rage Carrie 2 did a better job with its slaughter scene and that’s not saying much! Now that I think of it, how the hell is this a Rated R flick? Little violence and no nudity. Did it get an R for Tampon overload? Bahhhh!

So as Carrie ended, on a limp note if I may add (via echoing the closing scene of DePalma’s classic but doing it half-assed), I walked out of that theatre with 3 things on my mind: The Rage Carrie 2 was better than this and I gotta see DePalma’s movie and read the book again. I so wanted to love this movie yall but unfortunately Carrie 2013 = massive let down. Bummer...

GORE
Does a bucket of pig blood count? We also get a couple of kills, nothing memorable as I literally don't remember what they were, I just know they happened.
T & A
None. Where’s DePalma when you need him!
BOTTOM LINE
Carrie was a forgettable cookie cutter film and that sucked for me! Being that I never went bonkers for DePalma’s 1976 Carrie due to it being flawed and dated, I was hoping for a version that would crank my dial to f*ck yeah! And this wasn’t it. Under-developed, rushed, by the numbers, fairly gore-less and too safe and predictable, Carrie 2013 was one of those films that I sat through, watched in a detached manner, left the cinema and forgot about all too quickly. Sure, Chloë Grace Moretz was genius and deserved to be in a better film and she was well backed by Julianne Moore, Ansel Elgort, Judy Greer and Gabriella Wilde but yeah... The Rage Carrie 2 was better than this remake – you do the math!
BULL'S EYE
They considered Jodie Foster to play Margaret White.

Shailene Woodley turned down the role of Carrie.

Stephen King wanted Lindsay Lohan to play the role of carrie.
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6:07PM on 10/23/2013
I thought this one was decent, maybe a little better than the 2002 version because of the acting and the style. The original is in my top five of all time, I just love the story and I haven't completely hated any filmed version so far but I just don't think the 1976 film will ever be topped. They really should have did what they promised and stuck closer to the book so that this one would stand on it's own better.
I thought this one was decent, maybe a little better than the 2002 version because of the acting and the style. The original is in my top five of all time, I just love the story and I haven't completely hated any filmed version so far but I just don't think the 1976 film will ever be topped. They really should have did what they promised and stuck closer to the book so that this one would stand on it's own better.
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2:04PM on 10/21/2013

Arrow, did you read the novel?

I'm just curious if you read the novel and if you liked it? I like the original Carrie a lot, but I LOVE the novel and have been waiting for the perfect adaptation. The teaser trailer and everything the director has said made it seem like this was the adaptation of the novel I was hoping for...sadly I was wrong as they basically lied to us.

I would like for another adaptation of the novel, but from a little studio (so there wont' be any studio interference). I want to see the entire
I'm just curious if you read the novel and if you liked it? I like the original Carrie a lot, but I LOVE the novel and have been waiting for the perfect adaptation. The teaser trailer and everything the director has said made it seem like this was the adaptation of the novel I was hoping for...sadly I was wrong as they basically lied to us.

I would like for another adaptation of the novel, but from a little studio (so there wont' be any studio interference). I want to see the entire town finally get destroyed.
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4:18PM on 10/18/2013

Arrow - You must watch the original again

Dude you have to watch the original again.... It's a top 20 horror flick for sure.... Complaining about the dated feel or look never made sense to me.. It was made in the 70's. When you watch boogie nights does that feel dated. Or Goodfellas.. Hell they tried to look like the 70's. Just pretend this film was made this year but they made it to be in the 70's. You should find no problem enjoying this high characterization horror classic !!!
Dude you have to watch the original again.... It's a top 20 horror flick for sure.... Complaining about the dated feel or look never made sense to me.. It was made in the 70's. When you watch boogie nights does that feel dated. Or Goodfellas.. Hell they tried to look like the 70's. Just pretend this film was made this year but they made it to be in the 70's. You should find no problem enjoying this high characterization horror classic !!!
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11:14AM on 10/20/2013
I will watch it again bro, the DVD is on my desk, waiting for the right time. It's been a while and after this flat remake, I hope to dig it more!
I will watch it again bro, the DVD is on my desk, waiting for the right time. It's been a while and after this flat remake, I hope to dig it more!
10:37AM on 10/18/2013

This is a crock of shit review!

If you liked the original "Carrie," go see this one - guaranteed that you will not be disappointed. Chloe and Julianne did amazing. Being a fan of the original, I still believe it needed to be remade for our current generation and they did a great job updating it! Absolutely no complaints about this film except I wish Carrie would have went all out "Saw" on everyone's asses - but I know the studio knew they'd piss off way too many people if they did that.
If you liked the original "Carrie," go see this one - guaranteed that you will not be disappointed. Chloe and Julianne did amazing. Being a fan of the original, I still believe it needed to be remade for our current generation and they did a great job updating it! Absolutely no complaints about this film except I wish Carrie would have went all out "Saw" on everyone's asses - but I know the studio knew they'd piss off way too many people if they did that.
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11:27AM on 10/18/2013
Boo-oo, somebody didn\'t like a movie that I enjoyed. Sigh. Still blows my mind that people don\'t have the maturity to accept that we are all individuals and all have opinions. I am happy you enjoyed the film, good for you, at least you didn\'t feel like you wasted your fucking time, like I did. You say :\"Chloe and Julianne did amazing\" - yes I mentioned that too and I agree. You even read the review or you just looked at the rating? That was a crock of shit post!
Boo-oo, somebody didn\'t like a movie that I enjoyed. Sigh. Still blows my mind that people don\'t have the maturity to accept that we are all individuals and all have opinions. I am happy you enjoyed the film, good for you, at least you didn\'t feel like you wasted your fucking time, like I did. You say :\"Chloe and Julianne did amazing\" - yes I mentioned that too and I agree. You even read the review or you just looked at the rating? That was a crock of shit post!
1:36PM on 10/18/2013
So when do you graduate high school? Because I have a hunch that this movie was made for people like you. I'm sure most of the teenagers will be jumping up and down about how awesome this movie is.

It's ok. I liked crap, too, when I was younger.
So when do you graduate high school? Because I have a hunch that this movie was made for people like you. I'm sure most of the teenagers will be jumping up and down about how awesome this movie is.

It's ok. I liked crap, too, when I was younger.
1:45PM on 10/18/2013
And as you are "boo-oo"ing on my opinion.... practice what you preach before you try to attack. Good Day!
And as you are "boo-oo"ing on my opinion.... practice what you preach before you try to attack. Good Day!
2:11PM on 10/18/2013
You don't post "This is a crock of shit review!" and expect a pat on the ass and a lollypop man. And considering that jerk statement, I think I was pretty civil about it in my response. You can disagree with me all you want, I have ZERO problem with that. My opinion is just that, my opinion, nothing more or less. But no need to be an ass about it.
You don't post "This is a crock of shit review!" and expect a pat on the ass and a lollypop man. And considering that jerk statement, I think I was pretty civil about it in my response. You can disagree with me all you want, I have ZERO problem with that. My opinion is just that, my opinion, nothing more or less. But no need to be an ass about it.
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11:03PM on 10/17/2013

I called it.

No surprise here. I'm still going to watch it, just to make sure it sucks like I thought it would.
No surprise here. I'm still going to watch it, just to make sure it sucks like I thought it would.
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8:26PM on 10/17/2013
I am still in disbelief that it is just that bad.
I am still in disbelief that it is just that bad.
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8:17PM on 10/17/2013

That sucks

I was hoping it would be good, but I'll still rent it when it comes out on redbox I guess.
I was hoping it would be good, but I'll still rent it when it comes out on redbox I guess.
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