Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Let me in

Let me in
Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz , Cara Buono

This is a remake of the Swedish classic Let the Right One In, directed by Tomas Alfredson. Many consider this to be one of the most atmospheric, creepy, intelligent horror films in recent memory. Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) version is not a bad movie it is just not as good as the original. The story is based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s vampire novel but unlike the book the movie is set in New Mexico in 1983. Oewn (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is an awkward 12 year old who lives with his alcoholic mother (Cara Buono ). Separated from his father they live in a depressing apartment complex. Bullied at school the young boy passes his time with his Rubik’s Cube. Then new neighbours arrive and he meets and eventually befriends young Abby (Chloë Grace Moretz) who like himself, likes to be to be left alone. Strange things start to happen in the neighborhood none of which seems to bother Oewn who is now infatuated. Unbeknown to all Abby is a vampire hiding in a little girl’s body and her “father” is a servant who plays the role of serial killer to procure blood for her continued existence. As the kids grow closer Abby begins to exert more control over her innocent and naïveté friend. Better than Twilight but otherwise so, so. Not so creepy as the original but otherwise good performances all round.

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