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The Rage: Carrie 2 Reviews

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½ June 2, 2014
Unintelligent horror fun. The sequel to the Carrie has little going for it as far as originality or storyline and the tie to Carrie is loose at best but the modern setting works well and gives the story a bit of spunk even if it feels a bit more like a remake than a sequel.
½ May 20, 2014
There is not a single feeling I had within me that suggested I would enjoy The Rage: Carrie 2 because it is an unnecessary sequel that does not have Stephen King's involvement or any further originality to it.

The simple title of The Rage: Carrie 2 feels ridiculous because it seems like without the addition of the name Carrie, it would simply be a film called The Rage and would be judged on the basis of being a standalone film that is simply derivative of Carrie. But since director Katt Shea made such an effort to connect the two by giving this film a ridiculous title, there is no way that viewers can see the film without making such a comparison. Even viewers that have seen it without the original will know it simply as a poor sequel to something they have never seen simply on the basis of the fact that it is referred to as a sequel to Carrie.
With The Rage: Carrie 2, you kind of have to ask yourself what the hell the point is. The film could have been a semi-decent film derivative of Carrie, but the simple fact that it is marketed as a sequel while also using minor plot points to connect the characters is ridiculous. For one thing, the fact that protagonist Rachel Lang is the illegitimate daughter of Ralph White who was also the father of Carrie White. Carrie White was turned into a girl with demonic powers by her father having raped her mother, making her a spawn of evil. So if somehow Ralph White raped another woman and created a second spawn of evil, the only other spawn of evil in the world, then the question of the internal logic is simply ridiculous. Was Ralph White the devil himself? If so, then that is just ridiculous scriptwriting which retcons Stephen King's original story. But I don't think the creators of The Rage: Carrie 2 honestly looked into it that deeply. Somebody had to, and I guess that is my job as the viewer. But it's ridiculous.
The Rage: Carrie 2 desperately attempts to connect the film to the original Carrie by using footage from the original, but as The New York Times commented when Jaws: The Revenge did the same thing "Nothing kills a sequel faster than reverence." It's completely unnecessary and reminds us about how director Katt Shea simply does not believe that her film can actually stand on its own. And if she doesn't have faith in the film, she can't expect viewers to. Admittedly, I found a lot of potential in The Rage: Carrie 2 and I was able to look beyond its familiarity and lack of originality. But the simple fact that Katt Shea had to title the film The Rage: Carrie 2 dooms it from the start by causing it to be always compared to the Academy Award nominated and far superior original Carrie. If it was simply called The Rage, it would have a greater chance of being decent. But unfortunately, that is not the case. One of the few things that the film does right as a sequel is the fact that it gave a role to Amy Irving who actually was willing to return to the role of Sue Snell which she played in the original Carrie. That way, the film is slightly better. Slightly.
As a standalone film, The Rage: Carrie 2 is a rather generic and dull film because it goes back and fourth between elements connecting protagonist Rachel Lange to Carrie White's story as well as the actual trouble going on in her life involving the relationship Rachel has with her love interest Jesse Ryan, and the constant deviations between the two stories becomes annoying. And the story is so focused on being a high school drama that it forgets it is supposed to be a horror film which makes it a slow and somewhat tedious story. And also, the film follows the exact same formula as Carrie but with less horror. It's dramatic most of the time until a horror climax in which Rachel unleashes her fury with telekinetic powers. Because of being a sequel to Carrie, the film follows the exact same formula and makes it all predictable. The thing is that if this film was simply called The Rage, the formula of it wouldn't be too bad and it could succeed as a modern update of Carrie to a certain extent. But since the film just had to be a sequel, it is doomed.
But all in all, The Rage: Carrie 2 is ok at times.
The Rage: Carrie 2 does give a good high school setting to its story because the focus is not solely on the trouble that the protagonist is facing, but rather on the socially acceptable customs which are damaging the lives of many people such as bullying. It reveals the careless attitude of high school teenagers, and covers the complicated theme that comes with statutory rape as well as the careless treatment of women by a lot of sexually aggressive male characters, as well as judgemental females. It deals with characters that still carry on to this day as being valid, so a lot of viewers may find it to be a compelling film which they can relate to.
The visual effects are decent, as are the sound effects. The scenes in which Rachel uses her telekinetic powers are executed very well and although they don't have the same climactic and intense effect as the scenes in the original Carrie due to lack of big scale impact or a strong musical score, they are some entertaining moments. There is a good amount of blood and gore and some versatile deaths in the moment when she exacts vengeance upon everybody which is the most entertaining part of the film. It isn't great, but I would say that it is good from a technical standpoint.
And the character Rachel Lang is decent because she reflects a more contemporary social outcast. She isn't a girl that is mocked for being different, she simply has an introverted nature and keeps to herself. Instead of being tormented by her mother and all the students, she is tormented mostly by her own social awkwardness. And Emily Bergl manages to play the role out well. She is a compelling lead who it isn't difficult to sympathise for, and she captures the appropriate awkward and introverted demeanour for the character. Emily Bergl's only weak moments are when she is supposed to be seriously emotionally intense. Like when she cries out for her mother, she is supposed to be crying but it looks as is she is laughing and attempting to hold it back. But aside from that she gets the character fairly right. She doesn't have much to build on with Rachel Lang, but she manages to find her way around it and does a decent job.
Amy Irving and Jason London also give decent supporting performances, as does Mena Suvari in a brief role.

But despite Emily Bergl's decent lead performance and a good updated context for the story, The Rage: Carrie 2 is a film that is unnecessary as a sequel to Carrie and follows the exact same formula without being surprising much at all, though it is superior to the 2013 Carrie adaptation by far.
½ May 17, 2014
One of the worst sequels ever!
April 3, 2014
It could have been so much worse.
½ November 29, 2013
this looks horrible. the rage carrie 2 is just a remake.
October 22, 2013
Y el castigo por esta falta de respeto fue quedarse dirigiendo peliculas para la TV.
October 20, 2013
Enjoyable for a un-needed sequel that tries to keep its roots and expand on a story many of us know by heart.
½ October 17, 2013
this movie makes me cringe because of how bad it is. the massacre scene is worth watching, but that's about it. has some potential but it is a mess of a film with no clear vision.
½ October 12, 2013
Watchable crap. Stupid ending.
Super Reviewer
October 12, 2013
Intense and thrilling, The Rage: Carrie 2 delivers a frightening tale of horror. In this long awaited sequel, a social misfit named Rachel starts to develop psychic powers in the wake of her best friend's suicide. The plot largely following the structure of the original Carrie, but modernizes it and continues some story threads from the first film. The characters are developed fairly well, and the climatic action scene is dramatic and exciting. Still, the film is formulaic and has some plot holes. While it has some problems, The Rage: Carrie 2 is a solid thriller that stays true to Stephen King's original work.
July 14, 2013
Predictable storyline and poor casting. Yet the Cinematography and Flashbacks to the classic "Carrie" were awesome. I also am a sucker for any movie that has telekinesis and the effects that adds to the movie.
July 12, 2013
Not to bad in my opinion.
July 9, 2013
itz a pretty good flick to watch
May 23, 2013
Maybe this could've been less horrible if it was made alone instead of being unworthy of Carrie-ing the name.
May 23, 2013
It was ok u just can't do better then the original...
½ May 10, 2013
The story and connection to the first movie were just plain bad. The flashbacks seemed out of place. The saving grace of this movie was the craziness of the ending scenes after the big public humiliation.
May 8, 2013
I love this movie because it's heartbreaking after everything she's been through n she uses her telekinetic powers on the bad people for death & revenge!
½ May 3, 2013
While it i in no way compares to DePalma's film, The Rage: Carrie 2 still manages to be a relatively entertaining supernatural slasher film that demonstrates, once again, why football sucks. Featuring one of the London brothers (who cares which) and loads of adolescent angst, bullying, and hormonal agitation, Carrie 2 is by no means great but will possibly delight slasher fans nonetheless....
April 30, 2013
people are saying this is more of a cheesy remake than a sequel but i think it is like the more modern Carrie because it is more likely for everything in this movie to happen if Carries setting was 2013 or 1999
½ April 21, 2013
I thought it was more of it's own movie with references to Carrie as opposed to a sequel.
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