Carrie (2013) Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Carrie (2013)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong horror violence.

  • The pitch:

    Bloody good.

  • Starring:

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Gabriella Wilde, Julianne Moore, Ansel Elgort, Barry Shabaka Henley, Zoë Belkin, Samantha Weinstein, Karissa Strain, Katie Strain

  • Directed by:

    Kimberly Peirce

  • Running time:

    100 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are electrocuted, crushed, trampled, burned, slapped, stabbed, hit with objects, locked up, shaken, near-choked, near-strangled, tormented, ridiculed, mistreated, thrown. An animal is bludgeoned, throat-slit. Self-mutilation, domestic abuse, break and enter, mass panic. Burning building, sparks, explosion, earthquake, vehicle collision, building collapse. Attempted filicide, matricide. A baby is near-stabbed, a boy falls off his bicycle, a mother says terrible things to her daughter. Smashed objects, broken glass, flying objects. Headbanging, screaming, pleading. Kicking a kid, being beaten, suicide mentioned. Blood/gore: Animal corpse, high body count. Seam ripper inserted in  leg, arm in sling. Woman, baby covered in blood/gore, a head is slammed through a windscreen. Blood splatter, blood on objects, bloody statue, blood on ground, blood on hands, bloody handprint, bloody scratches, bloody cuts, bucket of blood, bloody scars, bleeding.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A teen couple have sex in a car. Kissing. Swimwear, teen girls in underwear, teen girl in shower/bath, teen girls in towels, shirtless teen male, skimpy clothing, cleavage. Oral sex simulated, references to sexual activity, sexual-themed banter. Lustful thoughts mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer), teenage drinking. Drink-spiking mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-word, f-words, s-words, a-word. Name-calling, mocking, ridiculing. Heavy religious references, religious exclamation. Gender, teen stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Telekinesis, levitation, menstruation, high school, childbirth, religious fanaticism, prom, graduation, resent, sin, bitchiness, social media, outcasts, freaks, bullying, humiliation, indignity, self-confidence, self-harm, dressmaking, mother-daughter relationships.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Cemetery setting. Childbirth scene. Lightning, thunder, pigs. Vomiting. Cancer mentioned. School suspension, detention mentioned. Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, Carrie.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Satisfying, tragic, effective, entertaining, grounded, bloody, compelling. Expert direction, despairing tone, respectable remake, strong performances, magnificent finale, tasteful staging, well paced, looks polished, lush score, talented cast.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Listless, unnecessary, pointless, flat, average. Not as good as the original, too much departure from novel, a little too self-serious, unconvincing gore, uninspired closing shot, cheap-looking CGI.

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