Synopsis: A remake of Stephen King’s classic horror tale which tells the story of Carrie – the daughter of an over protective, ultra religious mother who tears her town apart following events at her High School Prom night.
Main Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Zoe Belkin, Ansel Elgort
The Hype: Does the world need yet another remake of a classic movie? Well, I have to say that perhaps it was time that Carrie was updated a bit. The film itself had a very good opening weekend and broke pretty much broke even. The release date was pushed back to October aswell in order for it to compete a little better at the box office. It had been originally set for a March release date.
What I Thought: I actually liked this as remakes go, although it is pretty much a scene for scene remake of the 1976 original. Moretz gives a good account of herself and I think this young lady has a great future ahead of her as she does a good job of being pretty maniacal when the trick played on her at the prom finally happens. Some of the effects are quite neat and work well as far as today’s horror genre go, but overall I did have my criticisms of the film. The whole point of the manifestation of Carrie’s telekinetic ability was that it happened when she got angry or upset. There are some points of the film where this just isn’t the case and my biggest no no was the end of the movie. Just like the original movie, the hand as a final scare just wasn’t necessary and it was really done in a very tacky way.
Conclusions: A decent remake, a good choice for the character of Carrie and Julianne Moore played the fanatical mother very well. Good effects and I think on the whole its on a par with the original, worth a watch, but not one that you would keep really.