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November 16, 2010 > Movie Review: Let Me In

Movie Review: Let Me In

By Jennifer Gau

Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a 12-year-old boy going through some troubled times in his life. His parents are getting a divorce, he hates the town he lives in, and is getting bullied at school. Things begin to change when a mysterious girl, Abby, moves in next door. He later discovers that she is a vampire, and her guardian (played by Richard Jenkins) is not really her father.

There are many similarities with the original Swedish film "Let The Right One In" (2008) and some of the scenes and story sequences are identical. Both films have the same puppy dog romance. However, in "Let Me In," Oscar and Abby did not exhibit such a strong connection with each other as Oskar and Eli did in the original. Abby is played by Chloe Moretz, who is the foul-mouthed, purple-haired girl in "Kick Ass" (2010). Her face is not covered behind a mask this time and she displays years of wisdom for someone who has been 12-years old "for a very long time."

Intense music intertwines with the silence and makes the heart race. The director, Matt Reeves, makes the silences as important as the dialogue. Whenever Abby goes to feed, the terror is deafening for the audience as well as the citizens of Los Alamos, Mexico. Abby drinks blood to survive and that's it - no remorse.

In the beginning, we see some distinct filming techniques as the director blurs backgrounds and brings to focus main subjects, emphasizing an intensity of the moment. The story, combined with film techniques, gives a dark and creepy feel to the movie. Shadows contrast with pale white snow and skin of the characters. Although gruesome at times, the film is overall an enjoyable thriller that makes you think.

Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes
Rated: R

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