Carrie (2013) review

By Max Maier | Jan 21, 2014

Almost everyone above the age of 14 knows what happens in the story of Carrie. I won't full-on spoil it here, but I will talk about most of the story, so just know there will be some spoilers ahead.. For those of you that have seen the original Carrie, you know the story and you know what happens, not too much is changed this time around. For those that haven't, you do not need to see the original Carrie to view this remake. Although, I recommend this version over the original.

The movie starts off in a disturbing manner, with Margaret White (played by Julianne Moore) giving birth to her new baby naturally and by herself. It is as unpleasant as you can imagine. Then, when the baby pops out, Margaret almost kills the baby for God, but does not because she is actually human. See, Margaret is worse than a Bible-thumper, she is insane and does it all in the name of God. Years later, we see Carrie (played by Chloe Grace Mortez) a 16-year old teenager now, who is socially awkward due to being raised by such a religious sociopath. And as expected, the stereotypical preppy girls treat her horribly. One day in the girls' showers (with no obscene imagery thankfully), Carrie gets her period and everyone mocks her for it, except for her gym teacher, Ms. Desjardin. Afterwards, the girls are all disciplined, especially a girl named Chris, who is the prime example of everything people hate about high school girls.

After this incident, Carrie starts noticing she is developing psychic powers. She starts doing research and tries to start perfecting her powers, and starts getting pretty good at. Meanwhile, one of the preppy girls, Sue, wants to make up to Carrie about what they all did to her in the showers. So Sue asks her boyfriend, Tommy, to take Carrie to the upcoming prom. Chris becomes disturbingly obsessed with getting back at Carrie for being kicked out of prom, so her and her murderous boyfriend, Billy, come up with a horrible plan to get back at Carrie. Meanwhile, Margaret is constantly trying to stop Carrie from doing anything, from hitting herself to locking Carrie in the closet. But once Carrie gains control of her powers, she has a way to stop her mom. Now the stage is set for prom. Will Carrie finally have a normal and wonderful night? Or will disaster strike? Honestly, who doesn't know the answer to that one?

The story, as I mentioned earlier, does not change much from the original. So if you have seen the original film, you know the main events of the film. The only differences are in the details. Who survives changes slightly, but the main players who die, still die. And I will admit, the story is just in ok territory for most of the film. But better because it doesn't have the corny factor of the original. But, when "the event" hits at prom, the movie hits its high point. From there on till the end, is where this movie shines. Like I said, I won't say what it is exactly, but it is awesome. Honestly, it is this sequence that is worth watching the movie for new viewers, and anyone who has seen the original Carrie. For previous viewers, it is this part that we watch the movie for, and this updated version delivers.

Mortez does a great job portraying the iconic horror character. She captures the socially awkward characteristics from her upbringing, but when she starts getting a little freedom and hope, you see the normal girl in her breaking out. But when "the event" hits, the emotional and downright psychotic side we see of her is well acted as well. Mortez has a good amount of range she has to cover as Carrie, and I feel she nails each part on the head.

Moore is a good actress, but more often than not, the characters she plays I end up loathing. This can be attributed to her acting talent, but it gets kind of old to hate her characters so many times. Margaret is a horrible, psychotic bible-thumper, and you hate her every second on screen. And honestly, you fear her more than you do Carrie, especially in the film's climax. She truly feels she has to do all of these things to not be a sinner, and she even quotes the bible incorrectly. Carrie even corrects her, and the mom doesn't realize it.

The rest of the supporting cast gets the job done. Chris, you will absolutely loathe, and hope all of the worst things imaginable happen to her and her boyfriend Billy. You won't be left unsatisfied. Sue is the preppy girl gone decent human being, and good counter-balance to Chris, and she is a good person. Ms. Desjardin is a fantastic teacher, one I wish I had growing up. She sticks up for those who are picked on and properly punishes the right people appropriately, and doesn't take the preppy girls' crap. The same goes for the principal. These were great teachers and helpers, that didn't cave for any reason. It was a welcome change.

Also, this is not a scary movie. It's not even a slasher movie like a Friday the 13th or anything. It is a horror movie, but there isn't any gore until half-way through the movie, and even then it is not that graphic. The level of gore is pretty low-grade for a R-rated horror movie, but this is not a flaw in any way. There are no jumps or scares for the most part. The intense moments are built up pretty well to the point where you know what is about to happen. The movie is more intense than scary, so just know that going in.

Overall, I enjoyed Carrie as a horror film, but it isn't a game changer. I've seen better films in the genre, and I have seen plenty of movies that are worse. It is a solid movie with a well-acted lead, and as I mentioned earlier, the sequence after "the event" hits is what you paid to see, and it is worth it. If you hated the original Carrie, this remake might not change your mind, but just know this is the better version. For horror fans looking for a good time, Carrie is worth checking out.

I give Carrie (2013) a blood-soaked 3.5 out of 5 

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