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A sheltered high school girl unleashes her newly developed telekinetic powers after she is pushed too far by her peers.

October 18, 2013

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it was just bad.

Reviewed by Clarence Toh

Adapted from a Stephen king novel, I had high hopes for Carrie to be a hit. The movie posters always seem to portray a horror thriller that is different from the others. Especially when this was the third adaptation of the novel, I expected something far more refined. However, I was left quite defeated at myself to think the movie may be great. It simply wasn’t and I do not have a slightest clue where it went wrong.
Was it too simplistic a plot or was it too unjust? I have no idea because I haven’t read the book and I don’t intend to. The book was written in 1974. So, I feel that it’s better that the movie is set at that time and not in present time. The start of the movie was cliché. The way Carrie found out about her powers was too frustrating to watch. It was boring and unentertaining. I wished that god or the team of extractors from inception would plant the idea of something like peter parker’s discovery of his powers into the screenwriter’s head before he or she had written something down.it just didn’t make me feel as if telekinesis was actually a great power to possess. Later towards the end of the movie, Carrie had pig’s blood poured on her (so it was revealed, the blood on her wasn’t caused by her killings. Hence, it totally ruined her scary image. ) and she completely went berserk after that, hurting everyone in the ballroom which was the unjust part. I think the best part of the story was the extremely small and tiny love story between sue and her boyfriend who died after being hit by the bucket.
The ending was soon to be the most irksome part of the movie. After killing Chris and billy Nolan Carrie reaches home to a mother who tries to kill her. I was not surprised, considering her mom had become the religious freak she was. But she killed her mom in the end. Later, sue appeared at the house trying to make things right again. For some strange reason, Carrie was able to use her telekinesis powers to determine the gender of Sue’s baby. Can telekinesis really do that? Carrie then brought sue out safely and burned the house down, killing both her mom and herself. Maybe Carrie should put a curse on the baby? It’s just a suggestion to salvage a movie that was already bad.
There has not a good record of female directors in the movie industry and this movie certainly did not do them any favour. To end it off, a bad adaptation or a bad novel is still a question, but one thing’s for sure. It did not turn out right. I’m still a fan of king’s novels and movies like 1408, just not this one.

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