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"Let Me In" is a chilling remake

by Ken San Nicolas

Director: Matt Reeves

Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Genre: Horror/Suspense

Starring: Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smit-Mcphee

"Let Me In" is the American remake of the 2008 Swedish classic "Let the Right One In". Like its predecessor, "Let Me In" features a very original look at the mythical vampire. In fact, the film is almost a mirror image of the original sans the difference in cast and geographic location.

 The film follows the life of Owen (Kodi Smit-Mcphee), a 12 year old boy living in New Mexico who is constantly bullied at school. He befriends his new neighbor, Abby (Chloe Moretz), a quite girl who has something very peculiar about her. The relationship between the two blossoms and the two begin to learn more and more about each other.

"Let Me In" has a very unique perspective of the vampire/human relationship. Much of the suspense hinges on this very fact. We gradually learn more and more about Abby and her strange tendencies and as we uncover something new with every changing scene, the danger of finding out these truths seems very palpable. Whether it be the town Sheriff looking into the grizzly murders or whether it be Owen questioning Abby more about her abilities, the tension is very apparent.

If you've never seen the Swedish original, "Let Me In" is a film that you do not want to miss. An interesting premise, strong acting by its very young actors, and good pacing make it the sleeper film to catch this weekend at Tango Theatres.

4 out of 5 stars.

 

 

 

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