Review: Carrie


Director:Kimberly Peirce

Cast:Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Alex Russell

Running Time:99.00


For decades, Stephen King has scared audiences with his fresh, unique, and downright horrific stories of psychological madness and supernatural events.  Many have made their way from the page to screen, but few have ever been given a second treatment.  Kimberly Peirce's Carrie is a prime example why.

Telling the story of a teenager who discovers that she possesses the extraordinary ability to move objects with her mind, Carrie was originally released in 1976 when Sissy Spacek earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the title character.  Piper Laurie also earned Oscar recognition for her work as Carrie's over-protective mother whose obsession with religion and pure fear of hell prevents her daughter from fitting in with her classmates.  ChloëGrace Moretz and Julianne Moore embody the roles respectively in this update, and neither live up their predecessors.

Expectations were high given both actors' incredible resumes; however, neither are able to fully encompass the depth of their respective roles, leaving much to be desired.  Moretz is unable to bring Carrie White to life, handicapped by inadequate dialogue and a rushed, unrealistic development that ends with her being the joke of the prom.  Moore is also dealt an unfavorable hand as she is never able to fully express the meaning behind her behavior (most of which would warrant a full film's worth of explanation).  Her actions seem abrupt, out of place, and unconventional, leaving much to the imagination as you attempt to piece together the life that Carrie has been forced to endear.

Another miscue lies within the film's R rating, which should have allowed for an intense and gory film.  Instead audiences are greeted with a soft, PG-13 caliber film that is merely bookended by short, gruesome sequences.  The middle is merely fluff, compiled from 75 minutes of immature, childish gimmicks that, barring one slip up, would be considered tame for the average middle school.  The end result is an unrealistic situation that made me constantly question the film's categorization as horror.

All that being said, I do applaud Peirce's homage to the original, especially when it comes to the iconic shower scene.  Several creative choices are made during other segments of the film, something required in order to deem the remake necessary (remember 1998's shot-for-shot remake of Psycho?); however, Peirce knew when to alter and when to keep things the same.  Sure, her mass overhaul of the ending left me with a strong distaste in my mouth, but she understands the iconic state of the original film and treads the waters delicately as she works to put her own mark on the story.

Fans of the film will likely leave the theater wanting a bit more.  Granted, I wasn't itching to look at my watch, nor was I ever bored; however, for those that appreciate the authenticity of the original, Peirce really took a bite too large to safely chew.


About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.

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