Moviegoers need not go far to find on-screen cruelty. Monstrous villains are common enough in modern cinema. From gangsters to pirates, and enhanced interrogators to amateur torturers, the characters in recent films provide more than their fair share of interpersonal violence. Every once in a while, though, a movie reminds us that few monsters can be as vicious as a teenager. Carrie is such a film.
In Carrie, Kimberly Peirce’s adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel, Chloë Grace Moretz stars in the title role that Sissy Spacek made famous in 1976. Although Ms. Peirce’s film will likely not enjoy the critical or box office success that the first Carrie received, Chloë Grace Moretz may be on her way to an acting career that rivals or exceeds Spacek’s. Ms. Moretz plays Carrie White like a girl who has a storm within her. Even when her rage unfurls itself in deadly violence against the just and unjust alike, viewers never stop rooting for Carrie, and it is unlikely that they will stop rooting for Ms. Moretz any time soon. Read the full story »