Based on: Stephen King’s 1974 novel “Carrie”
Genre: Thriller drama, supernatural
Running Time: 92 minutes
Director: Kimberly Pierce
Screenplay: Lawrence D. Cohen, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort, Julianne Moore
Synopsis: A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
Release date in Malaysia: November 7th 2013
Distributor / studio: Sony Pictures Malaysia / Misher Films
Verdict: Apparently they thought they could make a better adaptation than the 1976 Oscar-nominated classic simply with just modernisation, a new set of weaker cast (yes, I mean Chloe Moretz too), CG effects, a less-dark tone and a script that’s supposedly “more faithful” to Stephen King’s novel (yeah I guess he already knew there was going to YouTube in the future). Well, I knew it’s going to be pointless but I was hoping for the prom night massacre at the end to be more violently brutal and gory than all the adaptations I’ve seen. Unfortunately, not only it wasn’t satisfying, it’s actually quite laughable. If you haven’t seen any Carrie film, I’d highly recommend you to watch the 1976 version instead. Oh wait, what’s the point, the brainlessly edited trailer of this new one has already spoiled the entire movie for you.
Second opinion: My girlfriend has never seen the original adaptation and yet she finds this one lacks of buildup and impact.
Main reasons why Carrie 2013 is inferior to 1976’s:
She develops full control of her telekinesis powers and she murders everyone after being “pushed” a little bit, unlike in the novel and the 1976 adaptation, she isn’t in control. When she’s attacked by her mum, she kills her by crucifying her instead of just hitting her with something blunt to stop her, and then feels sad and sorry about it. The biggest issue with this modernised adaptation is the lack of use of the technology available, forcefully creating a scenario when it could’ve been easily avoided. For example, when Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde) finds out that something’s going to happen at the prom, she could’ve just called or texted her unrealistically nice boyfriend to warn both of them about it.
The emotions of the characters are also far from logic. For example, neither Sue, Chris (Portia Doubleday) nor her boyfriend seem to be terrified by Carrie’s rage and abilities of massacre. Sue still dares to go all the way to her house despite the death of her boyfriend and the fact that Carrie has killed many at the prom. Chris and her boyfriend don’t seem surprised at all when Carrie appears out of no where when they’ve already driven quite distance away from school.
Simply put, this adaptation by Kimberly Peirce is like a Disney film compared to Brian De Palma’s, which is a true dark horror classic. I don’t want to compare the performance between Chloe Moretz and Sissy Spacek as Carrie White ’cause it’d be like comparing the singing vocals between a pop star and an opera actress.
What I find most thought-provoking in Carrie other than the school-bully subject:
Malaysian censorship: Only a sex scene is noticeably cut, other than that, who knows? The grand finale at the prom seemed a bit short to me but it didn’t seem censored at all.
Rating: 1.5 / 5