One Minute Review: Carrie (2013)

Release Date
October 18, 2013
Director
Kimberly Peirce
Screenplay
Lawrence D. Cohen
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Based On The Novel By
Stephen King
Distributed By
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
Screen Gems
Budget
$30 million
Drama, Horror
Rated R for bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexual content
100 minutes

Carrie

Kimberly Peirce’s “Carrie” is self-indulgent from the moment that you step in, playing to an audience that has already experienced the Stephen King novel and knows the ins-and-outs. Even the trailer suggests this, giving away the ending in a matter of two and a half minutes. As Carrie White (Chloe Moretz) discovers her telekinetic along with hitting puberty, Peirce’s version takes a much more modern approach, trading nudity and torment for simple public ridicule and bullying. The problem with most of these performances, is that they all feel in on the joke. They know they’re apart of a remake, not breathing new life but playing the parts already set in from of them. That is, except for Chloe Grace Moretz’s performance as Carrie.

Chloe’s performance starts off very stiff and becomes calculated and a perfect example of the woman this bright young actress has become, displaying a beauty and talent not yet reached in any of her roles previous to this. Yes, she’s covered in blood in a prom dress and, yes, this comes off as more of a graphic novel depiction rather than a heightened horror film for the season, but “Carrie” meets the average standards for fare like this and with Julianna Moore delivering a sub-par performance and the mean girls, played by Gabriella Wilde and Portia Doubleday, who are a sight for sore eyes, the film stands on its own, feeling unneeded but at least well produced.

 

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