Carrie – movie review

Carrieis a remake of the classic 1976 horror movie that launched the career of Sissy Spacek. This new version stars 16 year old Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie and she does a magnificent job of portraying this troubled young woman, who also happens to have supernatural powers. Her mother is played by veteran actress Julianne Moore who brings a level of complexity to the character. The mother carries religious fanaticism to the point of insanity. The many scenes that have just these two characters interacting are riveting to watch.

The problem with the movie comes with the rest of the cast. The “nasty girls” in the high school who pick on Carrie all seem to have come directly from some badly made after-school T.V. special about bullying.

Also, Chloe Grace Moretz is the only one of the actors who looks like she could really be in high school.  Several of the “girls” are 25 years old and look it (we checked the actresses on-line bios).  Everyone in the school is beautiful and self-confident. None of the kids are overweight, or painfully thin or have bad skin or wear braces. It looks like a school for fashion models.

However, all of these flaws could be forgiven if the movie did not commit the worst sin a horror movie can make – it is not scary.  Since it has been 37 years since the original movie, there are undoubtedly a large number of moviegoers who never saw the original; even on DVD.  But for some reason, the producers chose to give away the entire movie in the previews. Really, scene by scene the entire movie including the big finale. So by the time you see the movie, there is nothing new to scare you. As a final let-down, the director chose to leave out the scariest scene of all from the original (the infamous “hand coming from the grave”).

Unfortunately, we cannot recommend this movie. However we do predict that Chloe Grace Moretz will have a long career as a great actress.

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