The Stephen King classic story Carrie gets the remake treatment, with Chloe Grace Moretz playing the titular high school student with telekinetic powers. Carrie review after the jump.
The Hollywood trend of remaking movies continues with Carrie. One of the most in-demand young actresses at the moment, Chloe Grace Moretz takes over the role made infamous by Sissy Spacek in the 1976 horror. Julianne Moore plays Carrie White’s god fearing mother who was originally played by Piper Laurie.
For those that are unaware of the plot (there has to be someone out there?), Carrie White is a high school student who is bullied by the popular crowd due to her not fitting in. If life at school wasn’t bad enough, her home life is just as bad – she is forced to stay in a cupboard and prayer by her over religious mother Margaret. Carrie soon finds out that she has telekinetic powers and, when a horrible prank at the school prom consisting of a bucket of pig’s blood is played on her, she puts her powers to the test – resulting in killing her fellow students in an act of revenge.
It does a good job of putting a modern spin on a classic American horror film.
The 1976 Carrie is a classic horror and one that will be fondly remembered by all, so remaking the film would always come under scrutiny by many. Yet the 2013 film isn’t bad at all.
Chloe Grace Moretz does a great job as the main character, Julianne Moore is very good as her mother and the co-stars are also good enough for the viewers to hate their guts; which mean they did their job.
The story itself is brought up to date with the usage of modern technology. When Carrie has her first period, in the gym showers of all places, it is captured by the bullies on camera via mobile phones and uploaded onto the internet for all to see.
The visual effects all look fantastic, especially when Carrie finally snaps. Chairs go flying, boys are squashed in benches, people are set on fire and roads are cracked much like an earthquake had hit the town.
If I had any complaints, it would be that the film was a little bright and colourful, especially for such a dark story, yet it was shot nicely.
The remake of Carrie isn’t going to win many awards (if any at all) but it does a good job of putting a modern spin on a classic American horror film.