Kimberly Pierce

review carrie 2013

2013’s Carrie opens with the title character’s birth. It’s an effective scene, conspicuously absent umbilical cord aside, that immediately makes two things clear. First, Carrie’s mother, Margaret White (Julianne Moore), is a dangerous fundamentalist highly displeased with the “cancer” that just spilled from between her legs. And second, director Kimberly Pierce‘s reboot/remake/re-imagining of Stephen King‘s novel is aiming to be more than just a rehash of Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation. Unfortunately it’s only the wacky religious nut that lands intact, as other than a new opening and ending, some updated dialogue, and an ill-fitting actress in the lead role, this is quite clearly the same old Carrie.

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Carrie 2013

The marketing team behind Carrie went all Improv Everywhere at a New York City coffee shop recently with a fake wall, a pulley system and a very irritated young woman with remote control-assisted special powers. To be fair, the whole thing looks a bit fake, and the set up belies that possibility (what with one customer target amidst a sea of actors (and that construction worker!)) but if it’s genuine, there are some reactionary gems. My favorite is the guy who drops his plate before he nopes the fuck out, although the woman who keeps trying to capture it with her cell phone is a close second. At any rate, it’s a fun video, and it’s nice to see they went with this instead of simply throwing tampons at everyone before screaming the release date.

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