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Movie Review - Let Me In

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Let Me In

‘Let Me In’ is based on a foreign language film called ‘Let The Right One In’, which I never saw, but everyone I had talked to loved it, so it getting a Hollywood remake was always likely. Sadly for me, however, I had heard so many things about it, including how it ended, which sounded amazing, that it would have kind of spoiled it for me if I ever got around to seeing it. But instead of seeing the original I ended up getting invited to the press screening of the American remake, and with the director of the hit film ‘Cloverfield’ behind the camera, I thought it should be an interesting film to see.

“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. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbour Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins). A frail, troubled child about Owens’s age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.”

With the current hot property, Chloe Moretz, of ‘Kickass’ and ‘500 Days of Summer’ fame, as the young girl, this instantly brought a high level of great acting to the film, which is amazing considering she’s still only 13. The main boy, also quite young, was someone I hadn’t seen before but he was equally as amazing. It is a huge thing to find two such great leading actors, especially with them being so young. With an interesting ‘take’ on the Vampire genre, and with a genuinely ‘what’s going to happen next’ feel, it made for a great film.  However, the over the top special effects vampire scenes felt a little ‘in your face’ and could have been toned down a bit for my liking. Other than that though I would have to say this must be a worthy remake of the original as I can’t see how it could have got much better.

9 out of 10 from me.

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