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Review: ‘Carrie’ only intermittently effective

October 17, 2013 • Entertainment


This photo released by Sony Pictures shows Julianne Moore, left, and Chloe Moretz, in a scene from, “Carrie.” (AP Photo/Sony Pictures, Michael Gibson)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “You will know her name,” scream the posters for the new big-screen version of “Carrie,” as if anyone could forget it after seeing Brian De Palma’s brilliant 1976 movie or reading the original Stephen King novel.

Aimed at captivating a new generation of viewers unfamiliar with the tale of a cruelly unloved high-schooler who unleashes telekinetic revenge on her classmates, director Kimberly Peirce’s intermittently effective third feature eschews De Palma’s diabolical wit and voluptuous style in favor of a somber, straight-faced retelling, steeped in a now-familiar horror-movie idiom of sharp objects, shuddering sound effects and dark rivulets of blood.

While it can’t hope to match the galvanizing impact of its predecessors, Peirce’s film works for a considerable stretch as a derivative but impressively coherent vision.

Certainly there’s a case to be made for revisiting “Carrie” now, Login to read more

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