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Let Me In (2010)
Friday, October 1, 2010
Strong bloody horror violence, language and a brief sexual situation.
Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Jenkins, Elias Koteas, Cara Buono, Sasha Barrese
"Let Me In" tells a terrifying tale about an alienated 12-year old boy named Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents.
Let Me In (2010) | Review
Does Evil Exist?
In 2008 there was an award-winning vampire, blood-drinker story made into a Swedish movie titled Let the Right One In, directed by Tomas Alfredson. I have to admit, I haven't see that movie, but after seeing the American release of Let Me In, directed by Matt Reeves, I may have to go on a search to find it. Reeves brings an unusual telling of vampirism to the screen in a unique, yet refreshing, true-to-the-legend-and-myth lore way. While there are challenges due to children being in the primary roles, people shouldn't let that fool them; while children are involved, this is far more than a teenage, lovey-dovy story of pre-teen love. This is a vampire story intended for later teens who can deal with adult themes, and adults who enjoy good story and thought provoking themes more than blood, gore, and killing. Don't get me wrong; those things exist in this movie, but the clear and obvious thing that drives Let Me In is story.
Let Me In is the story of a young boy going through difficulty in his life. His mother and father are separated and going through a divorce, he is bullied at school, and is in desperate need of friendship. A young girl and her supposed father move into the low-income apartment complex he lives in. Late one night the boy, Owen, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee, meets one of the new tenants, a young 12-year-old girl. Abby is played by Chloe Moretz, who received critical acclaim for her role as the young foul-mouthed avenger in Kick Ass. Abby has a secret Owen doesn't know about. It doesn't take the viewer long to figure out there is much more about Abby than one may first think. She tells Owen in one scene when asked how old she is, "I am 12, but I have been 12 for a long time." Of course by then, we know why she gives this strange answer, and while she never comes out and tells Owen that she is a vampire, it doesn't take him long to figure it out. It is inevitable that things will soon start to go wrong as there are those who have been looking for Abby. As Abby and Owen develop a close friendship, the world seems to cave in around them. There is the intensity of not knowing what is going to happen next and the confusion of wondering what is going to happen next in the story. The story builds to an exciting ending where there is potential for the development of the story.
The advance trailers for Let Me In don't do justice to the story. Unfortunately, I believe many will be drawn to the film expecting an edge-of-your-seat thriller and not be prepared to deal with the unique and wonderful story that evolves. Let Me In is beautifully filmed and much is left to the imagination. While there are ample blood scenes, it is clear the special effects, gore, and blood drinking is not the focus. The critical component of this story is story. Many kudos have to be given to director Matt Reeves. Not since Brittany Murphy has a young actress been as mesmerizing and thoroughly skilled in her craft as the young Chloe Moretz. Reeves doesn't just do wonders with Moretz, though, he directs in such a way to bring about believable, incredible chemistry between her character, and the character of Owen. Using some incredible cinematography and a great and at times funny soundtrack, Reeves gets as much out of his actors, primarily children, as anyone in a long time.
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