Review 2013 by RD Clark
Written by: Lawrence D. Cohen, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa — from the novel by Stephen King
Directed by: Kimberly Peirce
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort, Alex Russell, Portia Doubleday,
Running time: 99 mins
A shy high school girl starts developing telekinetic abilities, which come to full force when she is ruthlessly tormented by some of her class mates.
Not a bad remake, well worth a matinee look. Moretz is fine as the girl who tries to come out of her shell, and spooky enough in her rage and revenge. Julianne Moore really shines as the religious fanatic mother who a few beads short of a rosary. The rest of the cast is rather bland, except for Greer, who always delivers. Good score, good effects, all in all, a solid little thriller.
I do think that they didn’t make Carrie enough of a wallflower in the beginning, so her transformation was not as dramatic as it could have been. And the supporting cast of sex-crazed, alcoholic teenagers was a bit stereotypical. But that is how King wrote it, so I guess it’s his fault.
I’ll give this a mild recommendation, but leave the kids to avoid the language and bad examples the school kids present. There were no post-credit scenes, so you can scurry in a hurry.
Flytrap rating: 7 /10
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