Film review: 'Carrie' is neither scary nor engaging

Friday, 17 January 2014 - 2:45pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Film: Carrie
Cast: Chloe Moretz, Julianne Moore
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Rating: **


What's it about

The remake of Brian DePalma's 1976 classic Carrie gets a reboot with Kimerly Pierce revisiting Stephen King's novel about a girl who possesses demonic super powers.

Julianne Moore plays Carrie's (Mortez) mother who believes her daughter is an abomination and a sin. Set in 2013 the film is up dated with today's cultural values with social networking and gossip blog references.

A victim of bullying and having been stifled all her life, Carrie is the story of a 16-year-old girl who has anger management issues and deals with it in a bloody way.

What's hot
There are scenes that stand out because of they way they are shot. Julianne Moore's disturbing opening scene or the first time Carrie has a crush on someone, the prom night and the climax that follows have been captured beautifully.

Mortez looks the part and stands out in scenes where she doesn't have to deal with the monster inside her. The  back ground score and cinematography is one of the highlights of the film.

What's not
Carrie isn't a horror film, in fact it doesn't even stay true to its genre. The posters and promos are quite misleading to the actual content of the film.

The only scares the film manages to raise are in the blood drenched climax when she goes all out on a killing spree. Also the pace of the film is extremely slow, the romantic track and the supporting characters actually weigh the film down.

Carrie's onslaught of violence in the end seems abrupt and the background story to it is rushed.

What to do

Neither scary nor engaging, Carrie suffers an identity crises because of a weak script and sketchy direction.

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