Unlike Stanley Kubrick's version of The Shining, author Stephen King always believed Brian DePalma got it right with 1976's Carrie. But since we live in times when even King rehashes success with The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep, he's probably cool with telekinetic teenage wallflower Carrie White rising from the grave for a remake.
Taking over for DePalma is director Kimberly Peirce, who hasn't made a movie splash since Boys Don't Cry earned an Academy Award for Hilary Swank way back in 1999. Peirce has her work cut out, after the original Carrie earned Oscar nominations for Sissy Spacek in the title role, and Piper Laurie as her religiously insane mother - a rare instance of the academy respecting horror. Chances of Peirce discovering another John Travolta or even William Katt among the cast, as DePalma did, are slim.
Yet the casting does hold promise. Chloe Grace Moretz plays Carrie, after previously displaying her knack for shocking audiences in Let Me In and two Kick-Ass flicks. Julianne Moore slides into Laurie's role, and she's always interesting to watch. Certainly special effects to burn down a prom night have improved over 37 years.
Too bad that Screen Gems doesn't appear to have the same confidence in Carrie, declining to show it to local critics before opening.
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Sylvester Stallone's career is prolonged with a lot of help from his friends, who probably never dreamed they'd be riding Rambo's coattails. At Christmas he'll climb back into the ring in a Grudge Match against Robert De Niro (Rocky vs. Raging Bull!). We've already seen two too many Expendables reunions of '80s action stars.
Now comes Escape Plan (R), pairing Stallone with Arnold Schwarzen-egger in a prison break movie. Stalloneplays Ray Breslin, a security expert specializing in making high-tech, escape-proof prisons. Ray knows every trick in the bust-out book and he'll need them, after being framed and locked away in a prison he helped design. Schwarzenegger co-stars as a lifer named Swan Rottmayer, who knows a ticket out when he sees one.
Escape Plan was screened too late for Weekend.