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CARRIE
2002 / Horror, Drama
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Directed by David Carson
Written by Bryan Fuller
Starring Angela Bettis, Patricia Clarkson, Rena Sofer, Kandyse McClure, Emilie de Ravin and Tobias Mehler

Carrie White is a lonely and painfully shy teenage girl with telekinetic powers who is slowly pushed to the edge of insanity by frequent bullying from both her classmates and her domineering, religious mother.

The following tags are associated with this movie: Stephen King, telekinesis, prom, remake
Carrie (2002)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

6 / 10
I know some people may get technical and claim that this is not a remake but screw that, I consider it a television remake. I love the original movie and while this new version does not come close to being as good, it does attempt to tell a modified, probably more faithful, rendition of Stephen King's novel. I actually don't read novels, but this is my understanding based on what others have told me.

One thing that I believe they nailed was the casting of Angela Bettis as Carrie. She does have this very odd nature about her in the movie, and is quite believable as a loner, outcast, bottom of the food chain type of high school student. Even when she's at the prom, while she does have a particular cuteness about her, she still seems out of place in comparison to the other girls which is exactly what the role calls for. The other cast members are okay, there's no real standouts to mention though I'd like add that the gym teacher is a hot piece of ass.

While Carrie definitely has a difficult relationship with her mother, it just doesn't have the same impact this time around as it does in the original movie. Carrie gets picked on quite a bit in the earlier stages of the movie, but once she is asked to the prom I didn't feel as though she was really building up to the big outburst that she has at prom. Also, outside of the end song by Hypnogaja, the music in the movie isn't special at all, which is a shame because the original movie has a wonderful soundtrack that really adds value to the film.

Another thing that we need to touch on are the special effects in the movie. For the majority of the movie, things were looking okay but the latter parts of the movie get way too ambitious with the CGI and it eventually gets to the point where it almost feels like you're watching a cartoon as Carrie tears up the neighbourhood with her telekinetic powers.

This television remake has some heart and it feels as though they are genuinely trying to do something extra with it rather than just shamelessly copying the original movie. However, this product is inferior in most aspects to the original. A part of that is due to this version being a smaller production, but another part of that is Brian de Palma being a tough director to compete against.
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