Extra Cinema: Carrie (15)
Director: Kimberly Peirce
AN EVERYDAY tale of one young oppressed teen and her overbearing God-nut mother is what you get when you get to know Carrie White.
Stories of troubled teens have been a staple of Hollywood’s youth output for generations, dating back to James Dean, but Carrie’s a bit different.
This shy, awkward girl has strong telekinetic powers and all that power wrapped up in a hormonally-challenged youngster can only spell trouble.
This, of course, is a remake of Brian de Palma’s 1976 original interpretation of Stephen King’s story.
Some may ask what is the point of a remake when Sissy Spacek’s Carrie was so powerful.
Would these same people forbid anyone else from staging King Lear because John Gielgud gave an excellent interpretation of the role?
The fact is that young Chloe Moretz is an amazing actress whose star is on the ascendency and she fits comfortably into the role of a a young girl who is struggling to deal with her position in the world and the new, terrifying powers she has acquired.
If you are aware of the story you will know that it is a journey with a clearly-defined destination — the high school prom.
The blood-fest that follows will not disappoint as Carrie seeks her terrible revenge.