Carrie (Chloe Grace Moretz)
is a shy high school student
with an overbearing crazy Christian mother.
Carrie has her first period in the shower after PE class and freaks
out. She is made fun of by fellow female
high school students who throw tampons at her and one even films it (and posts
it on YouTube). Soon Carrie discovers
with her period has come the discovery of telekinetic powers and starts to
learn about her new abilities while one of the high school students feel sorry
for making fun of Carrie and wants to make up for it by asking her boyfriend to
ask Carrie out to the prom. These
series of events sets the course for an explosive sequence at the prom.
CARRIE is basically a
remake of the Brian De Palma film
which is base don the Stephen King novel of the same name. Chloe Moretz is great
as the awkward and shy
teen as she plays Carrie better than Sissy Spacek ever did. The remake does
take advantage of the
advances in special effects since the other CARRIE was made back in the mid
1970s in addition to really fleshing out the characters with great direction
given to the actors by director Kimberly Pearce. I do wish they could
have changed the ending
and made it more powerful as CARRIE is ultimately a tale about how teenagers
can be monsters and how the quiet ones can be pushed too far. It touches
on how the first period can be
terrifying for some girls in addition to how high school has caste systems that
allow cruelty. It is even more relevant
in today’s technology age with camera phones and the internet. It isn’t
a bad adaptation, but I wish
Kimberly Pearce could have taken a few more risks with CARRIE despite the great
performances and wonderful direction.
Instead the adaptation sometimes feels like we have seen it before
except for different performances and an update for the 21st
The alternate ending is something
you can only view if you
select the option to watch the movie with it and the only way to switch back to
the theatrical cut with the original ending is go to the Setup menu. The
ending is creepier than the theatrical
ending, but I wish they could have found a way to combine the theatrical and
Nine deleted and alternate
scenes with optional audio
commentary by director Kimberly Pierce and a couple of scenes I wish were left
in (the Chris calling Billy stupid scene and Carrie’s innocent kiss at the
There are also dailies of the
stuntwoman being light on fire
for a sequence at the prom with optional audio commentary.
CREATING CARRIE- a twenty minute
making-of featurette that
goes into the casting, how the director incorporated cyber bullying into the
script, the blood bucket tests, and how they created the visual FX.
THE POWER OF TELEKINESIS- the
cast and director talk about
telekinesis (whether it exists) and how the powers relate to Carrie.
TELEKINETIC COFFEE SHOP SURPRISE
is one of those internet
viral videos for CARRIE as actors and careful rigging of the coffee shop is
used to play pranks on unsuspecting customers.
The audio commentary for CARRIE
is by Director Kimberly
Pearce as she talks about the production, story, and production challenges that
were faced by the bucket of blood scene, Chloe Moretz only being allowed to
work eight hours a day due to her age (15).
Also included on the
blu-ray are the theatrical trailer and
previews for other releases from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
and a trailer for the ROBOCOP remake which plays before the main menu.
Rounding out the combo pack
is the digital copy of the movie
and CARRIE in standard definition on DVD.
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