Reel Talk: ‘Carrie’

by Justine Love, Contributing Writer
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Actress Chloe Grace Moretz poses on arrival for the world premiere of the film 'Carrie' in Hollywood, Calif., on Oct. 7, 2013. The remake of Stephen King's classic horror tale opens nationwide on Oct. 18, 2013. (Photo credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Actress Chloe Grace Moretz poses on arrival for the world premiere of the film ‘Carrie’ in Hollywood, Calif., on Oct. 7, 2013. The remake of Stephen King’s classic horror tale opens nationwide on Oct. 18, 2013. (Photo credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

I am usually a little leery of re-makes of cult classic films, but with “Carrie,” director Kimberly Pierce did it justice.

“Carrie” is the story of young, isolated, socially misfit 17-year-old girl with a modern day twist on the issues clearly affecting our society today — bullying, teen sexuality, religion beliefs/values and mental health.

Out of torment by her peers and abusive and religious mother, Carrie develops special powers to help her cope but they come with a twist: channeling the powers has some horrible results.

Julianne Moore plays Carrie’s mother, Margaret White, and is truly dark and incredible. Her pairing with Chloe Montez, who plays Carrie, is as good as the original with Sissy Spacek (Carrie) and Piper Laurie (Margaret White).

You will be engaged for the entire 92 minutes, and you will cheer for, cry and say, “Poor Carrie” or “Oh no you shouldn’t make her mad.”

I give this movie 4 ½ heartbeats.

See you at the concession stand!


Justine Love is the director of Community and Public Affairs for CBS Washington, including WPGC. Check back for more Reel Talk reviews.

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