Bullying and all its ramifications is the topic de jour in this newly released version of the horror flick “Carrie”. It is the same story, but added into the mix are the tools of cyber tech bullying such as uploading videos via cell phones and then broadcasting them. Like its predecessor, Carrie, Chloë Grace Moretz is the product of an ultra-religious mother Julianne Moore, who rewrites the bible to meet her own agenda, and uses home schooling to further isolate her. When Carrie finally enters public school the real nightmare begins. How will she fit in ?There are many threads of conflict within this story. The struggle between mother and daughter is paramount, along with Carries’ need to fit in and be seen as normal. Then there is the dilemma for the popular girl Sue Snow, Gabriella Wilde, who feels anguish and guilt for her own role in it. However, it is never really explained what motivates her to feel sympathy for Carrie and that maybe in the end unnecessary. What matters is that she does; that there are those few souls who see the inhumanity in their actions, the actions of others and through that seek redemption.
While the film goes overboard in the depiction of Carrie seeking revenge on her tormentors there are strong performances. There is a strange time paradox here in which the leading roles of Carrie and her mother seem as if they are stuck in another time period, while the rest of the movie moves around them. This can be seen as a flaw in the film; yet, it can also be viewed as underscoring the isolation which Carrie feels. Her mother is so abusive and zealously religious that this feeling of other worldliness, is in fact all the more realistic. It should be noted that those who grow up in families which are of this ilk, feel this kind of rift between what is seen as conventional (on the outside world) and what they live with day to day.
At the end Sue remarks that if someone is pushed too far they will fight back. Carrie’s telekinetic powers were in the end her tool (and voice) for fighting back. She gives those who are victims a voice and power while underscoring an element of horror in those who would torment them.