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Kyla’s Movie Review‘Carrie’ remake is a big letdown

CARRIE (R) - Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Ansel Elgort, Alex Russell and Judy Greer. This is based on the novel by Stephen King. It’s also a remake of the 1976 film. For those unaware of the narrative, it tells of the events leading up to a catastrophic prom night for the seniors at Ewen High, a public school in Maine. The title character, Carrie White (Moretz), is about as shy and withdrawn as a girl can be. She has no friends and when she experiences her first menstrual period after gym class and believes she’s bleeding to death, she gets ridiculed by the girls who witness her panic attack in the locker room. The class bully is the cruel, Chris Hargensen (Doubleday). Another girl, Sue Snell (Wilde), suffers a change of heart in the wake of the incident. In conjunction with a twisted home life, where she is dominated by her fanatically religious mother, Margaret (Moore), this event triggers the awakening of strong telekinetic powers within Carrie and as events propel her toward the fateful night, she begins to learn how to control them to manipulate items. The performances are okay, but there’s nothing here that’s a standout. The ending of the 1976 film left audiences screaming and this one is a big letdown. RATING: C

ESCAPE PLAN (R) - Starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, JIm Caviezel, Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, Curtis Jackson, Amy Ryan and Sam Neill. Stallone plays Ray Breslin, a master at escaping from prison. A new prison has been constructed to handle the worst of the worst, particularly terrorists, and Breslin finds himself locked in, seemingly betrayed by the people who were supposed to be protecting him. Now the question is whether this high-tech facility is escape-proof or simply a new challenge for Breslin. The warden (Caviezel) makes it clear that he is not bound by any rules and that his inmates are there to die. His chief guard (Jones) is the classic sadistic prison guard, who seems to enjoy his work too much. Breslin isn’t looking for allies but seems to have found one in a fellow prisoner named Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger). The movie can basically be summed up as: Stallone and Schwarzenegger meet, they fight each other, they team up and beat the crap out of some bad guys with their fists then shoot at them with their guns, and, in the end, they take them out. Everything else is largely irrelevant. I think this movie would have been more successful if it was released in the late 1980s when the actors were at their peak. RATING: C

(Kyla Davis is a Nevada native and a movie enthusiast. She can be reached at kylalovesmovies@aol.com.)

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