Let Me In is one helluva vampire movie – minus the body glitters and the smooching. Directed by Matt Reeves, the film debuted in Philippine cinemas this week and is definitely a treat for fans who have been yearning for a bloodsucker story done right, with all the darkness, horror and gore that only the REAL spawns of Count Vlad can bring. The film is a remake of Let the Right One In, a hit 2008 Swedish film directed by Tomas Alfredson which in turn is based on a novel of the same title written by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
Set in 1983, Let Me In tells the story of a 12-year old boy named Owen growing up in a small town in New Mexico. Bullied in school and coming to grips with his parents’ impending divorce, Owen is the archetypal scrawny boy who’s disturbed and got no friends. Kodi Smit-McPhee, who earlier gained prominence as Viggo Mortensen’s son in The Road, plays the role.
Things would change for our boy when he befriends a 12-year old—more or less—girl who has just moved in the apartment complex where Owen lives with his mom. The girl’s name is Abby and she’s accompanied by a limping middle-aged man (played by Richard Jenkins) who goes on a killing spree every night to get the blood for his charge to drink. Abby is portrayed by Chloë Moretz, who’s more popularly known for playing Hit Girl in Kick-Ass.
At first glance, you’d think that Let Me In is just another one of those flicks where a mortal gets help from a seemingly monstrous being who can stop a skidding van with one bare hand. Well, no. For me, the film’s theme is about friendship at its purest, most innocent level and how it can inspire one to take control of his life. In the movie, Abby tells Owen to defend himself from the bullies, to hit harder if need be and that she will help him if necessary.
Let Me In has received rave reviews and is well on its way to becoming a classic. If you loved the Swedish version, you’d be delighted to know that Matt Reeves’ version stuck to the original for the most part. Even the scenes have that gloomy, haunting feel commonly seen in art films and rightly so. For fanboys and girls who have the time this weekend, you definitely can’t go wrong with Let Me In.
Have fun and let me know what you think. By the way, the tapping that Abby did while inside the trunk on the train is a Morse code for k-i-s-s.