Let Me In
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Let Me In blends the innocent face of Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) with the darkness of vampirism. A young boy named Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Road) has troubles at home (his parents are divorcing) and at school (bullies pick on him mercilessly). But when a mysterious girl named Abby (Moretz) moves in next door, Owen hopes he's found a friend, even though she smells a little strange. Unfortunately, his new friend needs blood to live, and the man who seems to be her father (Richard Jenkins, Six Feet Under) goes out to drain local residents to feed her. But even as Owen starts to suspect something is wrong, having a real friend might just matter more. Because the Swedish film adaptation of the novel Let the Right One In (on which Let Me In is based) was surprisingly popular and critically acclaimed, it's going to be hard for Let Me In to avoid comparisons. Surprisingly, it retains much of the flavor and spirit of the original. It's not as understated--this is an American movie, after all--and some of the creepiness is lost along with that subtlety. Despite that, Let Me In has its own spookiness and the performances (including Elias Koteas, Zodiac, as a local policeman) are strong. Directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield). --Bret Fetzer
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The direction is flawless and Reeves maintains the quiet creepiness of a remote winter location, with its requisite, almost continuous, atomsphere of vast silence. It is as if human life were mere rustlings in the undergrowth of the vastness of eternity. The opening aerial shot of a night time winter landscape, disappearing into the huge distance of the dark, shot from far above, dwarfs the lights of on-coming vehicles on the lonely stretch, far away. It sets the tone and the underlying theme of human mortality and smallness in the face of the enormity and incomprehensibility of eternity. Greig Fraser's cinematography is exquisite, evocative, even artful. The visuals communicate just as much content as the script and action, and they do so with a great adeptness at lighting and mood. Each shot is a work of art. Stan Salfas' editing is precise, yet deeply expressive, propelling the story just as much as the narrative.Read more ›
It is easy to bemoan the trendification of vampires but, among the chaff, one can often find a few kernels of true originality. Just as Zombieland and World War Z managed to squeeze new blood from the tired flesh of zombie entertainment, Let Me In offers a fresh and new take on the bloodsucker theme.
To be entirely honest, Let Me In is not strictly speaking an original of any sort. It is a remake of a Swedish film titled Let the Right One In which is, in turn, an adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel of the same name. Still, for the purpose of this review, I examine only the American remake and its position within vampire lore as defined by North American cinema and literature.
Let Me In actually shares several aspects with the Twilight saga. It portrays a young person, largely isolated and lonely, who falls in love with a vampire, one who appears young but is, in fact, far older. In Let Me In, though, the gender roles are reversed and the tone of the film is far more serious. Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee), the human protagonist, and Abby (Chloe Moretz), the vampire, are both twelve (at least in appearance) and their relationship contains none of the romance or repressed sexuality that characterizes the interactions of Edward and Bella.Read more ›
The performances of both Kodi Smit-McPhee and especially Chloe Moretz were outstanding and a little heartbreaking.
I know alot of people were upset with the idea of re - making Let the Right One In but I think director Matt Reeves
did a great job and it would be a shame if more people did not see this exceptional film.
I finally decided to go right to this American version instead and I loved it. It's bittersweet and fantastic. Definitely a must see film (whether it be the Swedish version or the American version).
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When I purchased this movie all I knew was that it was about vampires and it was a Hammer Production. I love Hammer movies. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ed Duplissie
The blurb and generally favourable reviews lead us to look forward to an original, poignant and disturbing take on the vampire myth. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Willy Eckerslike
Scary. Creepy. Must watch the original with subtitles for the insane "pool scene". Will haunt your dreams afterwards!Published 20 months ago by ana
One of my favourite movies. Pretty rare for a "horror" movie to also be just a flat out great movie, but Let Me In is just that. Read morePublished 20 months ago by KDub
Well the movie starts out a little slow but has a good plot and decent acting.
I think it is money well spent to have this movie.
Alongside Carrie (2013) this is the only other truly superb film I have seen in more than a decade. Chloe Grace Moretz again gives an extraordinarily fantastic performance in a... Read morePublished on May 19 2014 by B H Cornwall