No one could possibly top the otherworldly torment of Sissy Spacek in the original. Director Kimberly Pierce wisely doesn't attempt to do so and instead updates this story for the Facebook generation; her depiction of Carrie as a sheltered girl raised by a mentally ill, devout Christian mother rings true for me. Beneath the glossy style and low-budget CGI, there's a genuine sadness at the heart of this film.
The much more glorified revenge scenes seems to be the point of this remake but not even JULIANNE MOORE could save this. Also, please filmmakers stop thinking movies from the 70's and 80's only need new technology in them to become relevant again.
Having seen the original I also don't understand the need to remake this classic... It's the same thing, only this time you get smartphones and youtube and things like that thrown in there. Everyone involved, specially Julianne Moore, might as well have worked on something new instead of losing time with this. The movie is not bad, but I think that only people who haven't seen the original will find it "good".
As a vehicle for Chloe Grace Moretz to hone her craft, it is admirable. She could go on to be an excellent actress. As a remake of De Palma's sensational 1970s horror original, it fails. And that's even though Julianne Moore sets the screen on fire as always.
Cheap, tacky, and unnecessary. If the slapdash CGI was replaced with adequate practical effects it might have been a little bit more tolerable... I expected more from Moretz (though it's likely not her fault), but Moore is as painful as usual. Truthfully, I didn't expect much from the director of Stop-Loss.
2 1/2 out of 5 stars. Moretz and Moore were okay, but this version of Carrie didn't need to happen. It felt more like an origin story for an ill-fated would-be X-Man than an adaptation (or worse -- reimagining) of a Stephen King novel. I don't know what Moretz was doing once the bucket dropped but despite some fun carnage, it was lame.