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Let Me In

  • Horror
  • Drama
  • 2010
  • Matt Reeves
  • 111 mins
  • 15

Summary

Fantasy horror starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloë Grace Moretz. Twelve-year old Owen lives in New Mexico with his alcoholic mother and is bullied at school. However, things look up when 12-year-old Abby moves in next door, although Owen only tends to see her in the playground at night. The two become friends, but there's more to Abby than meets the eye.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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. 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.

Credits

Cast

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OwenKodi Smit-McPhee
AbbyChloë Grace Moretz
The policemanElias Koteas
The fatherRichard Jenkins
Owen's motherCara Buono
VirginiaSasha Barrese
LarryDylan Kenin
JackChris Browning
KennyDylan Minnette
MarkJimmy "Jax" Pinchak
Mr ZoricRitchie Coster

Crew

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DirectorMatt Reeves

Details

Theatrical distributor
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Released on
2010-11-05
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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