Chloe Grace Moretz in Carrie. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc and Screen Gems, Inc. MrX FX / AP Photo
Chloe Grace Moretz in Carrie. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc and Screen Gems, Inc. MrX FX / AP Photo

Film review: Carrie



Carrie

Director: Kimberly Peirce Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore and Gabriella Wilde

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The word “remake”, or its recent snazzier moniker “reboot”, are fast proving the most horrific words in the cinema lexicon. It seems a sure sign of impending disappointment. Horror movies seem particularly afflicted by the disease of regurgitation and, for all their merits, it’s hard to make a case that any of Dawn of the Dead, The Hills Have Eyes or Evil Dead are better than their predecessors. We can now add Carrie to the list and that’s despite the director Kimberly ­Peirce trying to stay more true to the Stephen King source material than Brian De Palma managed.

The 1976 horror classic often tops lists of the best horror films ever made. Sissy Spacek was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar playing the titular role of a schoolgirl who realises that she has psychic powers when she comes of age. Meanwhile, Piper Laurie received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination playing her Bible-quoting mother Margaret White, who’s convinced that her daughter Carrie is the devil’s spawn. Close to four decades on and the vagaries of time have led to many commentators arguing that De Palma’s film is dated.

From the first scene, in which a bloody Margaret White, played by Moore, is seen crawling up her stairs before giving birth and contemplating whether to kill her child, Peirce makes an effort to give the supporting cast more time on screen. As with the novel, the film is partly narrated from the perspective of Carrie’s classmate Sue Snell, played by the up-and-coming British actress Gabriella Wilde. Many scenes are similar to the original, but this update feels far more like a Mean Girls high school flick, which is a good thing.

The exposition and character motivation are much clearer in this update. But strangely this creates a massive problem. De Palma brilliantly played on the fact that Carrie and the audience didn’t know what was happening to her. She was scared of her own abilities. The best horror movies rely on such mystery and surprise for scares. Here, Chloë Grace Moretz plays Carrie with more of the confident attitude of a contemporary teenage girl. She wields her power, most notably against her mother, but the resulting scenes between Moretz and Moore play like a horror film done by rote. The Boys Don’t Cry director’s girl power outlook robs the story of its chills. Suddenly De Palma’s voyeuristic eye and split screens don’t seem so dated.

MEDIEVIL (1998)

Developer: SCE Studio Cambridge
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Console: PlayStation, PlayStation 4 and 5
Rating: 3.5/5

Company Profile

Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
Number of employees: 8

MATCH INFO

Manchester City 4 (Gundogan 8' (P), Bernardo Silva 19', Jesus 72', 75')

Fulham 0

Red cards: Tim Ream (Fulham)

Man of the Match: Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)

UAE cricketers abroad

Sid Jhurani is not the first cricketer from the UAE to go to the UK to try his luck.

Rameez Shahzad Played alongside Ben Stokes and Liam Plunkett in Durham while he was studying there. He also played club cricket as an overseas professional, but his time in the UK stunted his UAE career. The batsman went a decade without playing for the national team.

Yodhin Punja The seam bowler was named in the UAE’s extended World Cup squad in 2015 despite being just 15 at the time. He made his senior UAE debut aged 16, and subsequently took up a scholarship at Claremont High School in the south of England.

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Herc's Adventures

Developer: Big Ape Productions
Publisher: LucasArts
Console: PlayStation 1 & 5, Sega Saturn
Rating: 4/5

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SPECS

Engine: 1.5-litre turbo

Power: 181hp

Torque: 230Nm

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Starting price: Dh79,000

On sale: Now

ROUTE TO TITLE

Round 1: Beat Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-2
Round 2: Beat Naomi Osaka 7-6, 1-6, 7-5
Round 3: Beat Marie Bouzkova 6-4, 6-2
Round 4: Beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-0
Quarter-final: Beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-0, 6-2
Semi-final: Beat Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4
Final: Beat Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-2

Company Profile

Name: Raha
Started: 2022
Based: Kuwait/Saudi
Industry: Tech Logistics
Funding: $14 million
Investors: Soor Capital, eWTP Arabia Capital, Aujan Enterprises, Nox Management, Cedar Mundi Ventures
Number of employees: 166

Kill

Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat

Starring: Lakshya, Tanya Maniktala, Ashish Vidyarthi, Harsh Chhaya, Raghav Juyal

Rating: 4.5/5

Sarfira

Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

Rating: 2/5

FINAL SCORES

Fujairah 130 for 8 in 20 overs

(Sandy Sandeep 29, Hamdan Tahir 26 no, Umair Ali 2-15)

Sharjah 131 for 8 in 19.3 overs

(Kashif Daud 51, Umair Ali 20, Rohan Mustafa 2-17, Sabir Rao 2-26)

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Klipit

Started: 2022

Founders: Venkat Reddy, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Bilal Merchant, Asif Ahmed, Ovais Merchant

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Digital receipts, finance, blockchain

Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded

MATCH INFO

Manchester United 1 (Rashford 36')

Liverpool 1 (Lallana 84')

Man of the match: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)