Notable Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort, Judy Greer
While the remake train continues chugging along as if there is nothing wrong conceptionally with modern cinema cannibalizing its own history, the amount of unnecessary films are becoming a bit ludicrous. Take this Carrie remake as a perfect example. Here we have a coming of age tale wrapped in angst, social commentary, and a bit of horror and yet they do almost nothing to make it unique from the original film. All the same beats, most of the same subtext, and even some of the same sequences. It’s close enough that never are we reminded that this is a new telling of the story, but sit there comparing it to the far superior original for an hour and a half.
That being said, I also don’t believe that Carrie is the shit storm of a film that many critics panned it as with their comments. It’s a decent little film with some solid enough performances and it gets the point across. Trust me, I’ve seen far worse than this. It’s just hard not to be tougher on films that are mediocre and forgettable instead of bad and unique. This latest incarnation of Carrie is most definitely the former.
|It's a trap!|
As the character Carrie starts to unravel her telekinetic powers, we are greeted to a lot of hit or miss CGI that sort of hurts the film too. Modern technology and a slightly bigger budget allows Carrie to show a bit more of the final act mayhem (even if seeing Moretz wave her hands around like a Harry Potter sequence is a bit humorous), but the film even seems to miss out on the emotional relevancy of what happens. In fact, the epic car wreck has almost a humorous vibe to it which kills the moment.
|"Is something wrong with my make up?"|
Written By Matt Reifschneider