Let Me In
Innocence dies. Abby doesn't.
This is a remake of the movie "Let The Right One In" which was a movie adaptation of a book. A story of a young boy who is frequently bullied and a young girl that moves in next door with her caretaker. It is established that she is a vampire and, after losing her caretaker, must leave in order to survive. A story of innocent love entangled in murder, mystery, and horror.
Call it insanity or sacrilege or whatever else you like, but I genuinely think "Let Me In" is ever-so-slightly better than "Let the Right One In", the Swedish film upon which it is based. It clearly respects the source material with great detail, at times even shot-for-shot. The two young leads are phenomenal in their roles, especially Kodi Smit-McPhee. They exude innocence and an inherent sadness that makes their performances that much more credible. Or maybe it's just that I have a borderline creepy obsession with Chloe Moretz. Two of my favorite and quite underrated actors, Richard Jenkins and Elias Koteas, deliver superb supporting performances as the young girl's caretaker and an overwhelmed cop, respectively. But it's the pacing and…
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When it was announced that a remake of Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In was in the works by director Matt Reeves, the reactions where negative, seem cash grab on the vampire craze of the time and saving lazy people the trouble of reading subtitles. having watch the film is clear this is a well made film, that walks the path of the original with new undertones.
Matt Reeves and Greig Fraser hit the spot with the cinematography, the film is atmospheric and feels isolated from everything else, evokes and aura of loneliness and bleakness that feels innocent.
I guess the innocents is thanks to the leads Smit-McPhee and…
A very competent but unnecessary remake of the excellent Let the Right One In. It's very well pitched and no doubt brought this great story to a much wider subtitle shy audience. Without any comparisons this is a great love story, accomplished with great performances that with linger after the credits role, but unfortunately this film does not have the luxury of not being compared. The original Swedish film is a triumph, an amazing story that stayed with me for a long time afterwards, where Let Me In lost half a star was the addition and omission of various little - yet important points that made the original so great. One thing is for sure this film marks a great return of Hammer to the horror genre.
This is definitely one remake that doesn't suck.
CONTROVERSIAL: I like this better than the original.
I wanted to see Let the Right One In because I noticed my friend had recently watched it and rated it 5 stars, but I was careless when sourcing the video and ended up with the American remake version. It wasn't a bad film, but I didn't really enjoy watching it. I thought the idea was pretty good, but I didn't particularly like the characters or setting. The acting in this version also wasn't amazing. Owen kind of annoyed me. Kids annoy me anyway, so a film about kids wasn't going to be that good. I don't know why I watched it after knowing it was about kids. Maybe if the film was about teenagers or adults and perhaps in a different era. But then it would risk being Twilight, and no one wants that. So I rate it 3/5 for being a good film, just myself not liking it.
Solid but disappointing. Too faithful to the original, unforgivable copouts & shoddy CGI.
Not bad, as far as pointless remakes go.
Slightly more streamlined, and slightly more dumbed down (because subtext is the least American type of text), but probably about as good as one can hope for with these sorts of things...
But if you wanted the full score, guys, you REALLY should have left the part with the cats in...
Oh... no me lo esperaba
Hollywood has a history of molesting European master pieces!!!
Maintains the ethereal pace of Let the Right One In except for trailer-ready bursts of herky-jerky physicality.
Puts too fine a point on its themes and setting: the face of Owen's absent-though-physically-present mother is never shown in full focus; 1983 is channeled solely (and zealously) through the prop department (and a superfluous intertitle); music overscores nearly every scene.
With rare-for-a-remake humility, a set piece from the earlier film which couldn't be matched is here shot ingloriously. This is made up for with the introduction of an equally ambitious and visually stunning car wreck, shot from within. A similar shot fixed inside a school bus (and lacking in violence) is a complementary bit of visual sublety.
Welcome, too, is how sympathetically the detective is played, making his fate more (or at all) significant than those of the film's far hollower antagonists.
Creepy as fuck. Reeves direction created a dark atmosphere which will absorb the viewer, but ultimately Let Me In takes far too long to frighten its intended audience. Seeing the trailer, I expected it to be far worse than its outcome.
such an engaging film. Although the director uses a very conventional yet stylized way to shoot this film, almost shoot it like a hollywood romantic drama sometimes (well, it is actually). Yet, the story is actually contains a coming-of-age plot line, and a betrayal. It is interesting that the film is rearranged to be set in the Reagan era, but its hard for me to tell what does that decision actually adds any new things into this movie? Although I haven't seen the original yet, this film really drew me into its fantastic, sweet, yet extremely violent world.
Beautifully done. I never got into vampire movies after Twilight was released, but this was really well done.