"Let me in" is a 2010 American Horror / Romance film directed by Matt Reeves and starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz ,Elias Koteas and Richard Jenkins and is a remake of the Swedish Film "Let the right one in".
The movie is set in 1983 in Los Alamos, New Mexico. where a police detective ( Elias Koteas ) enters the room of a man who is currently under arrest ( Richard Jenkins ) , but in intensive care in hospital after he seemingly poured strong acid over himself, the man is a suspect in a recent murder case and the detective believes he is in league with other people.
Two weeks prior Owen ( Kodi Smit-McPhee ) is a lonely and unhappy 12 year old boy who is constantly being bullied and neglected by his divorcing parents, Owen enjoys hanging out in the courtyard of his apartment complex and one evening is approached by a girl named Abby ( Chloë Grace Moretz ) who has moved into the apartment next door, she initially tells Owen that they can't be friends, however over a short span of time they start to become close.
Meanwhile Abby's "father" ( Richard Jenkins ) goes out and commits murders in order to supply blood for Abby, who we learn is a Vampire child, however one night after extracting blood from a recent victim he slips and loses the bottle of blood, he returns to the apartment and a furious Abby leaves and murders a passing jogger.
And so Owen and Abby begin a young but strong relationship, while Owen is unaware of Abby's secret, however he not only learns something about the girl he has fallen for, but also finds himself being a new person with the boys at school, all the while the net may be closing around Abby and her "Father".
I had high hopes for Let me In after reading some of the reviews online, I'm a sucker for a vampire movie and even more so for something that is slightly different from the norm.
What really sets this movie apart is the obvious chemistry between the two young lead actors, both Owen and Abby form a believable relationship and you almost get to the point where you don't think about them as young people anymore and the relationship is as strong and complex as an adult relationship.
The movie is shot well by Matt Reeves ( Cloverfield ) and provides some eerie backdrops and cinematography and also has some nice atmospheric music to complement everything, all coming together to give you that feeling of dread.
It does have its faults, it does movie slow in places and also lacks that big name in the cast to really draw in the casual observer, but everyone does a fine job and you're left with a very well written, very well shot version of a classic love story, that while would technically fit into the Horror genre ( there are a couple of gruesome scenes ) is really more of a romance than anything else.
Well worth watching
This review is for the actual film itself rather than Blu-Ray & the DVD features.
I was quite looking forward to this because I'd come across it a few times and seen some positive things written about it. I was confused at first because I came across the other version before this one, then realised that there's also a Swedish version, both of which are adaptations of the film Let The Right One In.
Let Me In introduces us to Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a young boy living in an apartment with his mother. His parents are divorcing and his school life is being made a misery by bullies, so instantly we start to empathise and sympathise with this character. Then we're introduced to Abby (played by the wonderful Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl of the same age who moves in next door. Both children seem quite introverted and a little peculiar, but a small bond between the two begins to form in a strange and slightly awkward way.
Obviously things aren't that straightforward. This is a vampire flick afterall. Abby is the vampire, needing blood to survive, and the man she lives with, akin to a father figure, tries to provide for them by slaughtering some locals. It's not long before such a secret starts to come undone and Owen realises that things aren't quite what they seem. However, given how dearly he wants a friend and how much he likes Abby, it may just be enough to keep him on the 'ignorance is bliss track'. But eventually things have to start to break, especially with the recent deaths, the smell of death around Abby, and the increasingly physical abuse Owen suffers at school.
What I really liked about this was it's seeming simplicity. Simple backdrops of the apartment and small playground in the snow alongside two young children was cast against the torment and darkness in each of their lives. The way their relationship formed as friends was also quite touching in a simplistic way because it was like a childhood relationship, even though things weren't all they seemed, making them both older than their years in many ways.
This isn't your typical vampire film. There was some tension built up and some gorey bits, and a few parts that were designed to look creepy. However, I actually found the parts where the film tried to be creepy, involving when Abby played out her vampire streak, to be more comical than chilling. Having said that, the film did have its edgy side, but because it was intermingled with the backdrop of the characters histories and their relationship, it played out as a drama horror in a way.
This film was well-made and well-cast, and although it wasn't perfect in terms of script or events at times, it is worth a watch.
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2011, rated certificate 15
If there were vampires in real life This movie Would be the closest to it. This movie has a good mix of old vampire folklaw with a modern twist. Filming this movie with the snowy backdrop is absolute genius, as contrasts with white and red with the snow and blood makes for a really interesting Visual. As you may or may not know this is a remake or if you like a retelling of the film called let the right one in , Which was made in Sweden with English subtitles if you're interested in watching it , And I highly recommend you do , Because I really enjoyed making the comparisons between the to .
The story starts in a gloomy apartment block as we pick up the story with a young boy , A victim of severe bullying And due to the bullying This boy becomes very troubled Until a mysterious young girl and what seems to be her father Takes up residence in the apartment block Without giving too much of the story away the little girl isn't what she seems. Then folows a beautiful relationship between this troubled boy and this mysterious young girl, Both of these children are outcasts and at the same time have a lot in common and also have a lot to offer each other. The film climaxs with a beautiful scene filmed in a swimming pool, what makes this Part of the film so unique is that it is filmed in one take , Genius.
My final thoughts........
If you're looking for an action film full of blood and guts you are watching the wrong movie, this movie is about friendship although it does have a little violence especially near the end and some gory scenes Throughout . Although a particular watching the regional Swedish version, That is if you don't mind reading subtitles, but to be honest with you they're not that hard to follow.
Let Me In is the American big budget re-make of the original Swedish film based on a best-selling book by horror writer, John Ajvide Lindqvist. It tells the story of a young boy, Owen, tormented by bullies and living with his single mother in a dingy apartment block, who befriends the girl who lives next door whom he meets late one night in the playground outside his building. Abby tells him they can't be friends but still meets him each night on top the climbing frame where she teaches Owen how to solve the Rubicks Cube. For the first time in his life, Owen feels as though he has met someone with whom he can share a bond....
And yet something is not right with Abby. When he first meets her, she smells...odd. A few days later, she looks and smells healthier. Owen has never met her "father" and yet hears him leave the building very late at night. And a series of brutal murders has begun in the surrounding area....
How are all these events connected?......Even if you are totally unfamiliar with either the book or the original language version, viewers will soon begin to put two and two together. For Abby is a Vampire and has been twelve for a very long time. And now....now she just needs a friend, possibly even more than Owen.
This is a beautiful movie and a real antidote to the softly-softly approach of the Twilight films. I loved the novel on which this was based but felt the original movie lacked...something. This often shot-for-shot remake more than makes up for that and is a creepy joy to behold. The two leads are excellently cast and the way the film begins mid-point and then flashes back is handled well also. Elias Koteas excells as a Police Officer determined to get to the bottom of a series of murders and the most memorable scene, where Abby demonstrates what happens when she crosses a threshhold without being invited, loses none of its shock value in this new version of what deserves to be a modern-day classic chilling horror tale.
It would be wrong to suggest that there are buckets of gore, there isn't, but be warned this is no diluted interpretation of the Vampire tale and can often be quite bloody and violent. But the film is not about that. It is about the relationship of two very different adolescents who share much common ground despite being centuries apart.
Truly this is without a doubt the best re-make I have ever seen and does far more justice to the novel than the original version! Watching in Blu-Ray just makes this film even better, sharper, clearer and more defined and fans of the horror genre, and Vampires in paticular, will surely not be disappointed by anything they view here. Normally I would sing the virtues of an original foreign movie over its Hollywood counterpart any day. Not this time!
This truly is a re-make that may just be better than the original!