It’s always risky re-imagining a story that’s been made into an iconic piece of cinema, but the timeliness of the premise and a surprisingly smashing finale raise Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce’s version of Stephen King’s classic story a few notches above the rote horror flick it could have been.
Though Chloe Moretz doesn’t quite measure up to Sissy Spacek as the title character, a high-school teen with telekinetic powers who gets savage revenge on those who bullied her, Julianne Moore more than effectively inhabits the role of her religious nut job of a mother, and Portia Doubleday as the lead bully is more dangerous and interesting than you might expect. And Peirce does a solid job turning a pig’s-blood-drenched Moretz into a terrifying force during her third-act rampage, and makes sensible but effective use of special effects—the levitating-car bit is the highlight of the movie. – [DVD] [Blu-Ray]
DVD Release Date: 1/14/14