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Let Me In [Blu-ray]
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From Matt Reeves – the director of Cloverfield – comes the new vampire classic that critics are calling “chillingly real” (Scott Bowles, USA Today), “one of the best horror films of the year” (Cinematical) and “a haunting, touching and unforgettable thriller” (Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine). In bleak New Mexico, a lonely, bullied boy, Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee of The Road), forms a unique bond with his mysterious new neighbor, Abby (Chloë Grace Moretz of Kick-Ass), who moves from town to town with the man who appears to be her father (Oscar® Nominee Richard Jenkins of The Visitor). Trapped in the mind and body of a child, however, Abby is forced to hide a horrific secret of bloodthirsty survival. But in a world of both tenderness and terror, how can you invite in the one friend who may unleash the ultimate nightmare?
Based on the Swedish novel, Let the Right One In, “Let Me In is a dark and violent love story, a beautiful piece of cinema and a respectful rendering of my novel for which I am grateful.” (John Ajvide Lindqvist, author)
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It's as beautifully shot as the original, and the acting is terrific. The reproduction is marred only by the use of terrible CGI, which is both awful and unnecessary.
When I grabbed this on Amazon, I thought I was getting the original Swedish film “Let The Right One In”.
That one seems to have gotten better reviews than this American remake; but, honestly, I thought this was pretty darn good.
The setting is a dumpy apartment building in Los Alamos NM during the snowed-in winter of 1983. Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a 12-year-old boy on the edge of puberty who is relentlessly bullied by a jerk classmate at school and has to deal with an alcoholic bible-beating mother who is getting a divorce from his dad. He’s got a lot on his slight shoulders.
Owen spends a lot of time alone in the courtyard playground in the evenings. It’s there that he meets his new next-door neighbor, Abby (Chloë Grace Moretz). She shows up in a dress and barefoot and tells Owen that they can’t be friends. So, naturally, they become friends.
Abby lives next door with a man that everyone assumes is her father, but he’s actually a serial killer who supplies blood for Abby. She’s a vampire!
It’s kind of a sweet story of these outcasts getting to know each other punctuated by the horrific violence and gore of the reality of Abby’s nature … and I thought it worked really well.
The only part that took me out of the moment was when Abby fed on a victim in a tunnel under the street, and the CGI could have been better. I also had an issue with the ending. I had many questions about how that relationship was going to work!
On the plus side, the soundtrack was awesome, and there’s a scene in a videogame arcade that made me crave some Now and Laters! I don’t care that they may pull the fillings out of my teeth!
I had seen the Swedish adaption of the novel first, "Let the Right One In." I thought this version would likely be trash, but I was quite wrong. It's very different, it's a different atmosphere, despite being based on the same story, even sharing the same lines. It's very well shot, and we'll acted. I highly recommend it.
For those wondering how it compares to the Swedish version:
- All the shots look a lot sharper. Depending on your taste this could be good or bad, I personally preferred the hazier look
- The violence was amplified
- The vampire scenes were much more elaborate and clearly depicted
- Explains the background story in much more detail
It's a matter of taste. I feel like the "Americanized" version thinks audiences need to be shown things a lot clearer, with more details, better special effects, and top notch cameras. To me, that dumbs the movie down a little and dilutes the atmosphere. The original was slower, but it wasn't trying to make a Vampire thriller, it was about the relationship between the two main characters.
If you like slower paced, more thoughtful movies and don't mind subtitles, check out Let The Right One In. If you like faster paced, scary movies, you'll probably enjoy this one.
Top international reviews
When I first started watching this film I got about 10 minutes in and I wanted to switch it off. I never normally give up on a movie so I decided to give it another 5 minutes. I'm so glad I did. This was one of my films of the year in 2011.
It's a beautiful film, a remake of a Swedish horror, but an amazing film never the less. The acting is wonderful, the atmosphere and 'feel' of the film is first class, it's simply a joy to watch.
Even if you're not a fan of the horror genre, this is worth 116 minutes of anybodies time.
From the dramatic opening scenes, this shows promise as we are instantly aware that Owen has some disturbing ‘issues’ but the prequel type start spoils the suspense somewhat [lose a *]. The music is suitably atmospheric and the two youngsters are absolutely superb in their respective roles and it’s easy to forget the horror and begin viewing this as a touching young love story -before the horror kicks back in [regain a *]. There are some gory scenes and suitably scary moments, but the true horror is the reality of the bullying and the strong bond that develops between the two main characters.
The single disc plays two trailers before going to main menu offering play, set up [5.1/audio commentary, subtitles English shd/none], scene selection and special features [making of, special effects, car crash step by step, tv special, deleted scenes, poster and stills gallery].
With some child swearing, nudity in the form of a naked breast and some morally disturbing themes [if you consider the basic love angle –touched on in ‘Vampire Diaries’] this will not settle well with everyone. Although highly entertaining with some strong tension and suspense, there are some slower sections, especially in the early part, but a definite ***** recommendation.
An absolute direct copy of the original Let The Right One In but in English.
If you've never seen either I won't spoil it but I will say the Swedish version is a little gem of a film with a bit of a twist to it.
This American version stars a young Chloé Grace Moretz as the strange neighbour who only comes out at night, sleeps in a covered bath during daylight and needs your permission to cross your threshold.
That's all I'm giving away
I've got and watched both the Swedish with English subs and American versions, I prefer the Swedish version to be honest, but as I said, this is a direct rip of the Swedish film, or is it the other way round?
Which ever version you watch Its one of those films where once you start watching, you have no choice but to watch it all way through till the very end just to see what happens (so typical of foreign films) but you'll be glad you did.
Do yourself a HUGE favour & watch the foreign language (Swedish) version "Let The Right One In"... It is far, FAR SUPERIOR !!
The only good thing about "Let Me Out"... Sorry, I mean "Let Me In" is the superbly talented Chlöe Grace Moretz... BUT, even her acting "talent" is VERY questionable in this, truly, awfully dire film.
"Let The Right One In" maybe in Swedish, but I assure you that it is an INFINITELY better portrayal of this Lindqvist written phenomenon.
"Let Me Out"... I'm not a Celebrity & "Let Me In" will do NOTHING to enhance the Celebrity status of Chlöe Grace Moretz !!
POOR remakes & misinterpretations... Sorry, I meant to say reinterpretations should always be avoided like the plague and this film is NO exception to the rule !! 🙄🤐😝 TERRIBLE 🤯😤😨
Don't expect horror here for the sake of it. Some of the horror scenes take place without you seeing it for you to make your own mind up. Without spoiling, this was particularly disappointing in one scene where you really needed to see something but didn't. You'll realise what I mean when you watch this.
Do watch the Making Of in the special features straight after watching the movie. It is helpfully revealing and you learn about the genius of the Director.
Highly recommended for coming of age movie goers and for those that want a feel good movie with lots of struggles throughout.
Very satisfying ending.
The names of the central characters have been changed from 'Let The RIght One In' (Abby and Owen for Eli and Oskar) and the character of Abby is less ambiguous (especially visually) making this more of a girl/boy film. The relationship between Abby and the 'Father' character is well played (better than original I think but not as good as the stage show where an extra dimension is introduced). A good story and a solid film but my vote would go to the original.
'Let Me In' is not your average vampire movie. It's dark and broody, it's sad and sometimes unsettling. It's not 's*** your pants' scary, but builds into a tense, creepy, enjoyable movie. Although a remake, it is done extemely well.