As a huge fan of the original Carrie I keep revisiting The Rage Carrie 2 in hopes of improving my opinion of the film. When I first saw it, it was kind of weak. I like Emily Bergl and it’s great seeing Amy Irving again, but unfortunately for me repeat viewings aren’t doing this film any favors for me and I should probably just let it go, even though I do truly want to like it.
Katt Shea is a good director and has done some great films, but this isn’t one of them. The Rage Carrie 2 is very slow and uninspired. The Plot is really basic, it plays like one of those over the top after school specials, only the lead ends up with super powers. The movie begins with Rachels best Friend Lisa committing Suicide because she just found out that the only reason the hot football player slept with her is because he was trying to win one of those games that seemed to exist all over the place in 90’s teen movies. You know the ones, who ever sleeps with the most women gets the most points.
Rachel is already on the outside, but when she finds out what’s going on she further alienates herself by publicly going against the jocks and the cool girls. As happens in 90’s cinema though, she ends up falling for one of the jocks and gets a make over and yadda yadda yadda, a bunch of people die.
Oh, and Sue Snell from the first one is back…. You know…. For street cred.
It’s weird, so yes, Rachel has Carrie Powers, but it’s such a non issue. It gets talked about in a ‘Gee how cool’ conversation with her new beau, and she knocks a cup off the table, but we never get that “Coming to terms” with her self that we got in the first Carrie. Instead it feels like an “Oh yea, she can move things with her mind, we should totally put that in the movie”.
I think the thing that bothers me the most about this film, is that I really hate how drastically Rachels personality changes after she starts actually dating Jason London’s Character. As soon as they start going out, she pretty much abandons her style, who she is and does the whole, Change into a popular girl trope. We have a scene at the mall where a popular girl shows up and helps her by make up so they instantly become best friends, and when she finally shows up to the date she’s dressed completely different and is essentially a different character for the rest of the movie abandoning all her character development.
I hate this trope so much. the cool alt girl just wants a cute boy to smile at her and as soon as she does she runs out on the football field and cheers for the team!! Because deep down, all girls just want to belong and be popular!! RIGHT GIRLS!!!!
The Rachel in the first half of the movie, never would have fallen for these kids shit. She would have seen it coming, and she would have acted accordingly, which honestly would have been a much better movie. Carrie White was Naive, Rachel wasn’t. These people literally caused the death of her best friend. Instead of watching Rachel mope and then run around with the popular kids, we should have watched her learn who she was so she could have then kicked some ass at the end of the movie and come out on top instead of sacrificing herself for the “Cute boy”.
That would have at least given Sue Snell something to do. Her character was a total waste and when she was used up they threw her away like an after thought. She had no story point what so ever. Her talking to Rachel about where she came from led to nothing, her quest to bring Rachels mom to her was utterly pointless and honestly didn’t make a lick of sense. Once Sue got to the party with the mom, they killed her without even letting anyone know she was their. An accidental death on the outside looking in. Plus, the mom was totally pointless. All she did was provide a momentarily distraction so Rachel could get shot and then call her an abomination and run away. I wish that was a joke. But no, Sue died to spotlight an utterly pointless character with no pay off.
I don’t think this movie could have ever been great, but with a few changes it could have been passable and even a little interesting. Just let Rachel win. Let Rachel be strong and show off what she can do and end up on top. Use it to empower, instead this movie came off as it was made by some one who hates women.
This movie should have ended with Rachel walking away from the fire victorious.
Very disappointing movie.
One out of Five Stars.