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The Rage: Carrie 2 Movie Review

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Rachel (Emily Bergl) is not like the other kids at her high school. She doesn't belong to the right crowd, doesn't wear the right clothes or go to the right parties.

But Rachel has something else that separates her from the rest, the secret gift of telekinesis which enables her to move things with her mind. When Rachel meets Jessie (Jason London), the shell she's built around herself begins to crack. Maybe her life can approach normal after all. But as Rachel slowly learns to trust, a terrible trap is being laid for her. And making her angry could prove to be fatal.

Amy Irving (Deconstructing Harry, Yentl), who made her feature debut as the only survivor of the prom night inferno in the original Carrie, reprises her role as Sue Snell. Twenty years later, she has become a guidance counselor at Bates High School, which has been rebuilt just down the road from where the original Bates High School stood before it was destroyed the night of Carrie White's rampage.

Rachel Lang (Bergl) is perpetually on the outside looking in. With her mother locked away in a mental institution and foster parents who are more concerned with their caretaker's check than her well-being, Rachel lives in a private world she shares only with her beloved dog, Walter, and best friend, Lisa (Mena Suvari).

This insulated world is shattered when Lisa commits suicide and Rachel learns that the high school's group of popular football players and their pastime of sexual conquests may be the cause. When their leader, Mark (Dylan Bruno), begins to suspect that Rachel will break up their game by giving evidence to the police, he plans a cruel trick that will not only humiliate her but forever draw the line between what she is and what they are.

Complicating matters is Jessie (Jason London), one of the football players who is reluctant about joining in his teammates' bad behavior. Once he and Rachel finally break the social barriers-and Rachel's own protective shell-a powerful bond begins to form between them.

The release of the Brian DePalma thriller Carrie in 1976, based on Stephen King's best-selling novel, was a ground-breaking event in the horror genre. Topical and intimate, character-driven and provocative ... it scared the pants off audiences all over the world.

The Rage: Carrie 2 revisits the same emotional territory-the horrors of high school.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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