A review on the 2013 incarnation of the film CARRIE with some spoilers.
CARRIE has been unleashed into theaters. Check out our review below.
I walked into CARRIE not 100 percent sure what to expect. I loved the original film, made in 1976, and shudder at the mention of the 2002 version so this time around I braced myself for absolutely anything. I’m more than happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised. As with anything it has its faults and by no means is it perfect but it definitely is a great film and followed rather closely to the novel (at least from what I remember).
The intro of the film starts with Margret White, played by Julianne Moore, giving birth to her daughter. You really see how mentally unstable Margret is seeming as though she is going to cut her own umbilical cord but instead bringing the scissors down almost on her daughter’s head and moves right into the gym and shower scene. Being slightly tamer than the 76’ version and definitely more brutal; No breasts and the “pug it up” mocking of Carrie is far more horrible with Chris Hargensen, played by Portia Doubleday, filming the proceedings. Carrie, portrayed by Chloë Moretz and beautifully played I really must add, is in tears, screaming hysterically, and crying begging the other girls for help after she finds herself bleeding for the first time, a scene that took the perfect amount of time before revealing the blood.
The revelation of the closet where Carrie is kept is something else. It was truly, truly disturbing with images of Christ plastered all over the wall and a larger statue just beside the door. Shortly after being locked in the closet the statue of Christ begins to bleed from nearly every orifice slowly covering the image in red. Similarly with the revelation of the powers which at first I thought to be slightly underwhelming but upon further analysis it was very effective. Starting off very small and gradually getting bigger and bigger with the abilities and things she can do. It starts with the flickering of light and breaking of a water filter to of course the massacre on prom night.
Ironically the most ineffective moment was the dumping of the blood on Carrie’s head, with it being shot at 3 different angles and then showing all three instances of the shot. Most of the actors play their characters surprisingly well with Carrie and Margret being the most well-acted and Rita Desjardain, portrayed by Judy Greer, who was played rather poorly. Another ineffective moment, at least for the people who’ve read the book, is when Carrie reveals that her powers were passed down from her grandmother which is just thrown in near the end for a little bit of back story that didn’t seem to fit in with the film, feeling a little bit tacked on near the end.
Definitely two of the most disturbing are the climax prom night massacre and the final scene with Carrie and her mother. In this film they upped the ante tenfold making BOTH scenes gorier and more intense than they had EVER BEEN. There was definitely a shock value in those two scenes that were never explored in previous incarnation of the film.
The difference with this film and the others is that it was very much for the new age. Chris films the girls bullying Carrie and uploads it to Youtube, which some of will be happy because it has the old layout, and Carrie even watches videos on Youtube about magic. It’s definitely a different perspective on the film and a welcome one at that. I HIGHLY recommend the film not many scares but it was a GREAT film on its own ESPECIALLY for those who are CARRIE fans.
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