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Let Me In
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02.07.2011 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Matt Reeves

Actors:
Chloe Moretz
Kodi Smit-McPhee
Elias Koteas

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Owen is a shy, lonely little boy who's mostly ignored by everyone except the bullies who pick on him at school. When a strange girl (who turns out to be a vampire) moves into his building, the two become close and Owen's lonely world slowly begins to change.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I remember coming out of Blockbuster back in early 2009 and picking up the "coming soon" movie news magazine they have at the door. Glancing through it, I came upon a flick called LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and a caption going on about how itís "the best vampire movie ever." I'd already heard some buzz about it at that point and though I didn't dislike the film, I can easy say as a vampire fan it was a far cry from the best vampire movie out there. LET ME IN isnít exactly a carbon copy of its original Swedish counterpart but it looks pretty damn close. Iím not particularly crazy about remakes (especially when done like this and so soon, something theyíre also doing with THE GIRLWITH THE DRAGON TATTOO films) but this version was indeed neater and easier to watch.

Personally, one of the very few things that cause my suspension of disbelief to stumble is watching kids who are written as adults. I dug the storyline for what it is (something that no doubt looked better on paper) but most people (myself included) aren't terribly into stories that revolve around twelve year old kids, vampire or no vampire. INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE killed the idea of kid vamps for me with Kristen Dunst's whinny little character running around like a spoiled brat (I was so happy when she got burnt to a crisp). That said, Chloe Moretz was phenomenal as Abby which isnít surprising after her work as Hit Girl and Kodi Smit-McPhee also worked well as Owen. Theyíre chemistry was genuine and that in itself was the key to holding this film together.

Thankfully this version didnít suffer from the mess of subtitles or horrendous dubbing, something that really hurt the originalís fun factor for me. They really toned down the intimacy between the two kids here as well, something I was also relieved to see (I held my breath during the scene when she comes in the window and strips down praying they wouldnít show anything and they didnít). The only real drag here is the pace, something a little more time in the editing room could have easily fixed. The CGI is my only real complaint as it looked silly as hell and just plain lazy. Also, I donít remember there being so much ďJesusĒ talk in the original, it stuck out here like a sore thumb.

LET ME IN is not a bad film but there are things to consider before forking out your hard earned cash to see in theatres; the most important of these being that only true (hardcore) vampire fans will have any use for it. I enjoyed what this film tries to do. I liked the story, the tense mood and there were more than a couple cool effects and dark scenes (looooved the pool scene as well as Abby showing Own what happens if sheís not invited in) and the ending was pretty cool too despite knowing that itís all going to come full circle again down the road. A great way to look at this film is by comparing it to the first couple Harry Potter films, yes they were cool stories but they were a little hard to take seriously due to the age of the actors. LET ME IN is by no means campy, nor does it feel like Disney territory but there are more than a couple moments that may cause you to squirm uncomfortably in your seat and it wonít be due to the violence.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Writer/director Matt Reeves takes us through the film and is adamant about defending the validity of this remake. He explains that this film follows the book more specifically and adheres to everything the first film was trying to do without stepping on its toes.

From the Inside: A Look at the Making of Let Me In: The director, cast and crew talk about how different this story is when it comes to vampirism, seeing it as the true curse it was intended to be rather than glamorised as it usually is.

The Art of Special Effects: Here they try to justify some of the effects but I still feel this is the only area this film failed.

Car Crash Sequence Step by Step: Much like it sounds we get the play by play of the car crash scene. You can tell a lot more work went into its creation that youíd imagine.

Picture by Picture Blu-ray Exclusive: Dissecting Let Me In: Here we have another live stream feature that plays along with the film giving us much more insight into each scene and the movie in general.

Deleted Scenes: There are three here; the first two are forgettable but the third one, Be Me is awesome and I canít imagine why they decided to cut it.

Previews: Thereís a red and green band trailer for the film, a handful of other trailers, some production stills and a Digital Copy of the feature.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This flick is going to hit people as black or white for a good many reasons, most of which Iíve stated above but visually and conceptually I canít complain and this remake did manage to capture the essence of the original. Whether or not we needed the remake is debatable but either way itís worth a look.
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