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CARRIE (2013)

Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her fellow students and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The further away we grow in age from those tumultuous years, the easier for adults to forget the impact of rejection or humiliation in adolescence; we are powerfully reminded of it with Carrie, a rather effective remake of Brian de Palma's 1976 iconic classic. Bullying, sadly a perennially timely subject, infects boys and girls equally and at Bates High School (no direct relationship to the Bates Hotel of Psycho fame except by ominous name) it ends in tears for all concerned.

The saving grace of the Carrie concept is that it has this serious underlying theme as its anchor, which is instantly recognised by its target market - and beyond. The revenge motif in a horror vehicle is merely an upgrade of the usual revenge action thrillers. Buckets of blood replace gunshot wounds and the extreme kinetic powers that Carrie has inherited are an extension and expression of her revenge, when the torment of humiliation can no longer be contained. This climactic scene has to be the payoff for everything that has gone before, and it does. Choreographed with devilish glee, the mathem is total yet accessible.

The film hangs on Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie, who does a wonderful job of balancing her freakishness with her vulnerability. Mama is played by Julianne Moore with a ferocious faith-driven lunacy, and while it is certainly over the top, it justifies Carrie's responses. Hell, I'd have snapped much earlier!

Technically flawless, Carrie makes the supernatural seem just that, which I applaud, and the network of relationships between the various characters is effectively portrayed. It's a clear map of goodies and baddies, in a way, and the overstatements here are part of the genre.

Carries for the 21st century is alive and well. As it were.

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CARRIE (2013) (MA15+)
(US, 2013)

CAST: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wild, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Zoe Belkin, Ansel Elgort, Judy Greer

PRODUCER: Kevin Misher

DIRECTOR: Kimberly Peirce

SCRIPT: Lawrence D. Cohen, Roberto-Aguirre Sacasa (novel by Stephen King)


EDITOR: Lee Percy, Nancy Richardson

MUSIC: Marco Beltrami


RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes


AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 28, 2013

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