Tuesday, 10 December 2013

(film review) - Carrie

This might be one of my shortest reviews. Not because the film was wack, but more to do with seeing this film for the first time without no previous film to go from. Even taking this film on it's own merit, there is not a lot to talk about.

As mentioned in wiki, the definition of a Reboot is as follows "In serial fiction, to reboot means to discard all continuity in an established series in order to recreate its characters, timeline and backstory from the beginning". With that said, in film and in hollywood, reboots are done because THEY are running out of ideas (well this is what I think). However, for the most part, reboots were done to revitalise a franchise and as we advance into the future with technologies changing daily, we can retell a story much better than how it was previously done before (sometimes). Nowadays, it is all about money, it would seem. Contracts and competition. An example of this would be, the new Spider-Man franchise.
To be honest, a lot of people won't understand the ins and outs and for the majority, most people simply won't and don't care. I mean all we want to do is watch a good film, right? When it comes to reboots, I don't have any real issues with them. I've see Scarface with Al Pacino which is a reboot. Man of Steel with Henry Cavil, which is a reboot and so is Star Wars with Chris Pine. However, whilst some reboots do well and even make the series much more relevant to the current era we live in, some just don't do well at all.

Carrie on the other hand was just a reboot for the sake of advancing a story to a modern era. Where the first film came out in 1976, a 2013 version was needed. Or not of course. Some things are best left as classics.

Carrie (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a young shy, unassertive girl approaching pubity living with her religious but disturbed mother, Margaret White (Julianne Moore) in the small town in Maine. Upon having her first menstrual period in school in the showers, Carrie is teased by her class and the event is recorded on a mobile phone by a bully. After being ridiculed by her class and sent home, her mother takes it out on her as she believes that the Menstrual cycle is a sin. Later Carrie discovers that she may have telekinesis and researches and practises it. Tommy, asks Carrie to go with him to the prom and on the night, when pig blood gets dumbed onto her, Carrie looses it and tears everything down using her manifested new powers.

For me, I can barely remember the original film and although there are elements I remember such as the pigs blood being dumbed on her and some scenes of the house, that is really about it. Although this film is a rehash of the previous film, I don't think the film offered much suspense or thriller. Yes it is a Horror and there were some parts where I was horrified by what I was seeing, but all in all, the film didn't offer much rather than bring a past film from the 70's to a new audience.
Chloe is a great actor and so is Julianne Moore, so although everything was acted out well, there was not much to the story. Maybe they should have changed it a little Total Recall.
An ok film, but nothing special and somewhat unnecessary.



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