How far can a person be pushed before they snap?
The remake of the 1976 film adapted from Stephen King's 1974 novel, "Carrie," tells the story of a bullied girl who reaches her limit and snaps with deadly consequences. The film stars Chloe Grace-Moretz as Carrie White, a shy teenager, and Julianne Moore as Margaret White, Carrie's fanatically religious mother. Although featuring contemporary actresses, the film stays true to the plot of the original.
The film's opening scene sets the tone for the movie. Believing she is dying of cancer, Margaret prays for God to kill her. Instead she gives birth to Carrie and sees her birth as a "test."
Fast-forward 17 years and Carrie White is constantly bullied by her classmates and abused by her sheltering mother. Carrie's torment reaches a new level when she starts her first period and has a melt-down in the locker room. Her mother never explained this part of womanhood to her, claiming that it was a sin and a "blood curse." Carrie is soon tormented by the entire school.
While dealing with the struggles she faces at school and home, Carrie soon begins to notice other aspects of herself that sets her apart from the rest of her classmates.
The film does an excellent job at making the viewer feel sorry for Carrie as she deals with constant unprovoked assaults. She is merely a misunderstood girl who longs to be normal; however, due to her overbearing mother she is unable to behave as a regular teenager would.
At times, "Carrie" is a little uncomfortable. Margaret constantly shouts Bible verses at the young girl. Some, as Carrie points at out at one moment in the film, are completely made up by her unstable mother. When Carrie is seen as disobedient, Margaret locks Carrie into a tiny closet and forces her to pray for hours at a time.
It's no surprise that Carrie has an abundance of pent-up anger just waiting to burst through her shy exterior.
When she is given the perfect prom night, it seems that her luck is finally turning. This moment of contentedness is short lived as another prank is pulled on the teen, this one involving a gruesome bucket of pig's blood.
Thus, the iconic image of Carrie standing in front of her peers drenched in blood is born.
At this point, the teen is locked into full revenge mode. Carrie is no longer the innocent girl she had been for the majority of the film; she is now taking on a new role as the horror flick's vengeful killer.
The film's special effects are admittedly a little cheesy. There are times where an entire scene appears to be animated. Still, the lack of impressive effects doesn't take away from the film's climactic ending.
The film's portrayal of the effects of bullying seems a bit extreme. It does, however, hold some truth. How much emotional torment can a person take before it becomes too much? The closing statement of the film by character Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde), one of the few that sympathized with the misunderstood girl, claims that Carrie was just a girl who had been pushed too far.
King's story brings to life the complexities of being a teenager and questions weighty topics, such as bullying and religious fanaticism, in this twist on the coming-of-age motif.
The film has its frightening moments, but "Carrie" also brings something to the screen that most horror films seem to scoot under the rug – a moral.