Let Me In (2010)

Posted: February 7, 2011 in Movies

This film is an American remake of the Swedish film, Let the Right One In, which swept international awards a little over two years ago. It tells the story of a 12-year old boy, Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who is bullied at school and forms an attachment to a mysterious young girl, Abbey (Chloe Moretz), who happens to be a vampire.

Abbey and Owen live in apartments next door to each other. It is a horror film with lots of violence, as one expects from any vampire movie, but the film departs from the usual genre in also being a sensitive story of two isolated children, who form a relationship to each other.

Owen is neglected by his parents, as well as being bullied savagely at school, and he enters a world where his loneliness matches Abbey’s own tragic isolation.

Abbey requires blood to stay alive and the person who looks after her (Richard Jenkins) kills people to supply it to her. Cara Buono plays the role of Owen’s mother, who has no way of coping with what is happening to her son, and curiously, Matt Reeves, as director, never shows her face in focus.

Despite the fact there is gore and blood everywhere, the relationship between the two children is depicted touchingly and sensitively. Moretz and Smit-McPhee are outstanding as the two children, eclipsing the adults around them in the quality of their acting.

It would have been tempting to make this movie a slash and kill film, and leave blood and gore to carry its impact. But it is not that kind of film.

This is a classy horror movie that is different from most others of its kind, and it focuses sensitively on the dynamics of the friendship between Owen and Abbey. But it is not a movie for the squeamish. It is a supernatural thriller that packs an emotional punch well above the ordinary.

In a generation of vampire movies ruined with special effects and ridiculous story lines, this movie is a refreshing change – and one of the best horror movies made in the last ten years.

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  1. Pam Schaeffer says:

    I really wanted to see this, but was not sure if it was any good. I hate the Tweenlight movies. Thanks for your reviews!!

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