Critically acclaimed director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) brings you this astonishing remake of the award winning Swedish horror, Let the Right One In. Let Me In tells the tale of Owen, a young boy who is constantly bullied at school and seeks comfort in his vampire neighbour who lives in secrecy with her guardian. Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), Chloe Moretz (Kickass) and Elias Koteas (The Fourth Kind).
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A great modern, chilling, dark, child vampire love story. The script and plot is excellent, the acting powerful and it has all the makings of a truly great, impressive and memorable film. This remake is a surprisingly excellent redo. The story is completely the same as the original Swedish film, containing the same elements that made the 2008 version so brilliant, such as the acting, scenes and backdrops. Easily one of the best films of 2010/2011, quite simply 'see it'.
While there was no way this would recapture the magic of the 2008 original Let the Right One In, this remake is a decent film in its own right. Moody and atmospheric, the film subverts expectations by mixing darkly introspective drama with full-on horror. In 1983 New Mexico, Owen (Smit-McPhee) lives with his absent mother (Buono) in a generic apartment complex. It's the dead of winter, and a new neighbour attracts Owen's interest: Abby (Moretz) is also 12 years old, "more or less". Although she says they can't be friends, they clearly already are. And Owen needs a friend, since he's being horribly bullied at school by Kenny (Minnette) and his pals. But Abby has problems too: she needs human blood to survive and her guardian (Jenkins) is struggling to supply it. Writer-director Reeves takes a subdued, gradual approach to the story, playing up its horror elements and building a strong sense of tension between the two central characters and everyone else. This makes the interaction very disconcerting, even when the film cuts loose and becomes a full-on horror movie from time to time, complete with scenes of gruesome violence and jarring special effects. But through all of this, Reeves keeps the tone whispery and plaintive, with actors directed to almost slow-motion performances that feel a little draggy as the tension builds for the next big action-scare sequence. In this respect, Michael Giacchino's score is extremely distracting, telling us what to feel every step of the way and cranking up the violins to let us know when we should be emotional. It's far too much for a story that's actually rather delicate. Rather than a vampire thriller, this is essentially tale of two young souls who come together in an unusual way. Both Smit-McPhee and Moretz are mesmerising in their roles, lending the characters far more depth and meaning than we expect. These are full-bodied performances that make the film work even when Reeves gets lost in atmospheric gimmickry, grotesque violence or awkward digital trickery. But when all of this comes together in a moment of sheer terror, it's remarkably effective.
First, let me say I loved the original Swedish version of this film (and book), Let The Right One In. It's a coming of age story about difficulties encoutered when growing up and feeling isolated, with a gothic twist to the tale. 'Let Me In' tells the story of Owen (a boy who is just about to enter his teenage years and is a loner due to the bullying he suffers at school and breakup of his parents marriage) and the friendship he forms with Abby (a mysterious girl who moves into the apartment next door to where he lives). As their friendship becomes more serious it allows Abby to trust Owen enough to show who she really is, this is where the "horror" aspect comes into the story. I enjoyed 'Let Me In' very much, great story.
If you're going to watch this, don't watch the original Swedish version first or you will be disappointed. Does what it says on the tin, it is creepy, and a bit scary but the original is much, much better.
This is a really good film. The two young actors did a brilliant job and the whole film is haunting and creepy. The best horror film i've seen for ages.
English language re-makes are often disappointing but Matt Reeves has really pulled this one off and the acting by the two principle children is superb!
Not just a great horror movie, but an excellent movie overall. It really drew me in. I also saw Case 39 tonight but can barely remember the details of it, Let Me In blew it out of the water. Abby & Owen are unforgetable characters. I like them as much as I like Maximus in Gladiator. I don't know how else to describe it, their impression lingers.