Let Me In

Let Me In

Matt Reeves (2010)

111min
amazon_maturity_rating|mature Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This Americanisation of the elegantly eerie Swedish cult hit Let the Right One In is an honourable effort. For his retelling of the coming-of-age tale about a bullied boy and a vampire girl, Cloverfield director Matt Reeves retains the slow-building tension and chilling melancholy of the original. Here, sensitive 12-year-old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) lives with his alcoholic mother in New Mexico, and quickly becomes infatuated with his new neighbour Abby (Chloë Grace Moretz). But Abby's background, and her intentions, are not exactly clear. Reeves's movie answers more questions than the far subtler 2008 film did, making for more standard Hollywood fare. Yet neat additions such as detective Elias Koteas, a terrific car crash filmed from inside the vehicle and an atmospheric score from Michael Giacchino (Up), combined with the fact that both child performers are heartbreakingly credible, make this retread much better than expected.

Summary

A bullied 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious girl who has recently arrived in his neighbourhood. He is unaware she is a vampire, and is responsible for a recent series of killings. When the girl's human protector disappears, she is forced to turn to her new friend for help. Remake of Swedish horror Let the Right One In, starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Cast & Crew

Owen Kodi Smit-McPhee
Abby Chloë Grace Moretz
The policeman Elias Koteas
The father Richard Jenkins
Owen's mother Cara Buono
Virginia Sasha Barrese
Larry Dylan Kenin
Jack Chris Browning
Kenny Dylan Minnette
Mark Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak
Mr Zoric Ritchie Coster
Director Matt Reeves
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: IconGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 Nov 2010
Drama