Keep Calm and “Carrie” On

Chloe Mortez stars as Carrie in the latest Stephen King adaptation.

Chloe Mortez stars as Carrie in the latest Stephen King adaptation.

By Alex Lally, ’14

“Carrie” is a supernatural horror film directed by Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”), with Chloë Mortez (“Kick-Ass”) in the titular role and Julianne Moore (“Boogie Nights”) as Carrie’s mother, Margaret White. The supporting cast includes Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Gabriella Wilde, and Alex Russell. “Carrie” is the third adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name.

The premise is that Carrie White is a social outcast at her school and has no friends. One day after gym class, she discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Carrie learns how to control her powers, but can she control the rage inside her?

“Carrie” is actually not bad for a Stephen King adaptation, it follows the original novel very well, however, it’s not without its flaws.

There is a severe lack of character development in the supporting characters. Sue Snell (Wilde, in the novel and the other adaptations is a girl that feels sorry for Carrie’s constant hazing, eventually she becomes Carrie first real friend, and even makes her boyfriend go to the prom with Carrie. In this film she stills feels sorry for Carrie, but she really doesn’t show it to Carrie, and she appears infrequently throughout the film. The main antagonist, Chris Hargensen (Doubleday), doesn’t have much of a personality. She’s just the stereotypical popular girl that thinks she’s superior to everybody.

The films plotting and pacing feels rushed. Carrie surprisingly learns how to control her telekinetic powers in such a short time after only reading various books about telekinesis in the library after a quick montage scene.

The film is very well acted, a surprise for a horror film, with Mortez and Moore giving excellent performances as Carrie and Margaret. Despite what I said about the lack of character development for the supporting characters, they do act out their roles well and they make somewhat believable high schoolers.

Even with its flaws, “Carrie” is still a decent horror flick. One of the better horror films I’ve seen in awhile. 3 out of 5 stars.

 

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