Early Review for 'Let Me In'

Let Me In remake of Let the Right One In

Cinema Blend has received a review from one of their "longtime, utterly reliable" sources of the upcoming American remake of the hit 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In, now titled, Let Me In.

Given the details unveiled about in this early critique of Let Me In, it sounds as though the writer did in fact see the film at a secret test screening this week.  Mind you, this article will be essentially devoid of spoilers - as is the review in fact - but those not wanting to know ANYTHING about this new vampire/horror film from director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) are warned to not read on.

According to the review, the basic plot of Let Me In is all but identical to that of Let the Right One In.  As such, the movie revolves around a young boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who is bullied by his peers and largely ignored by his single mother.  He eventually befriends what appears at first glance to be a young girl (Kick-Ass's Chloe Moretz) but is in fact a much older vampire, forever trapped in the body of an adolescent female.

let me in trailer

Although the setting shifts from Sweden to New Mexico, Let Me In reportedly retains the snowy winter landscape and 1980s setting of Let the Right One In.  It additionally recreates several scenes from the Swedish film almost shot-for-shot, including that of a revealing exchange between the two leads that involves a Rubix cube (see above).  Thankfully, the film also remains true to traditional vampire lore in that Moretz's blood-sucking creature cannot be exposed to sunlight nor enter a home without invitation.

So, how does Let Me In distinguish itself from its Swedish predecessor?  According to the reviewer, the American film's mise-en-scène - which is the pretentious man's way of saying visual design ;-) - is much more subjective and tends to "put the audience's focus entirely on the main character most of the time.  You won't find yourself wandering in the background or caring about characters that are only there because they have to be, like [Smit-McPhee's character's] mother."

let me in chloe moretz vampire

So what is the early consensus on Let Me In?  Well, here's how the reviewer put it in their own words:

"It's a taut, thrill ride that will have you going from jumping with fright to heart tugging compassion.  It's visually arresting too, even run of the mill scenes being more interesting by putting the camera in the action rather than watching it from the sidelines... There are no missteps in this remake.  Every part is essential.  'Let Me In' is a suspense movie of the type we rarely see here in America.  It grabs your attention and keeps your interest right up to the end, while doing a great job of telling an unusual vampire story."

For more, including some slightly spoilerish bits about specific scenes in the film, you can read the full review by clicking HERE.

Am I personally onboard for this remake yet?  Well, some of the concerns I expressed in my post about the first images from the film remain but - if this review is indeed accurate - it at least sounds like Let Me In could be a decent vampire tale in its own right.

What do you think?  Did this review get you excited for the remake?  Does it sound like the filmmakers are on the right track?  Sound off in the comments section below.

Let Me In will arrive in theaters in the U.S. on October 1st, 2010.

Source: Cinema Blend

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