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Monday, February 7, 2011

DVD Review: "Let Me In"

"Do you think there's such a thing as evil?"
Many films with a child villain are often depicted as maniacal, evil, and uncontrollable. But in Let Me In, she also is also a sorrowful one who you can't help but to feel sympathy for, even after she's brutally attacked her prey and devoured their blood.

Chloe Moretz (KickAss) stars as Abby, a 12-year-old trapped in the body of a vampire who must hunt the blood of innocent victims to live. With no friends to call her own and a life ruled by vicious midnight conquests and narrowly dodging both sunlight and normalcy, Abby has been weakened by loneliness. One moonlit night she meets the first person who ever looked at her without fear in his eyes--her neighbor Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Owen, himself an outcast relentlessly bullied by a group of troublemakers in school instantly bonds with Abby who, unlike many other people in his life, does not frighten him, but comforts him when he needs it the most.

Trouble at home and at school pushes the meek Owen to escape the unbearable environment he's become accustomed to, and seek solace in the peculiar Abby. He knows she's special somehow, but never could he have imagined the truth. Or perhaps he didn't want to. In any case, once he finally finds out about Abby's pendant for midnight mayhem and uncontrollable thirst, Owen must decide how to react in a life that's somehow been unfair to him before he met Abby. When matters pique at school, Owen's fears are finally put to rest when Abby's curse becomes less of a terrifying fear, and more of a lurking savior.

Exploring the world of good and evil is a common theme in cinema, but few have been able to create such a fine line between the two as cleverly done in Let Me In. Like a new school Buffy, vampires and regular people walk among us and both are equally capable of both fear and evil, without blinking an eye. Moretz impressively humanizes Abby's vulnerabilities in a way few young actresses can do. Smit-McPhee plays such a sad, lost soul that even when he smiles it's heartbreaking because there's so much pain behind it. Surprisingly well-acted and oddly engaging, Let Me In is one of the few quasi-horror flicks you won't be rolling your eyes about.

Rating: B+


George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Great review, Candice! I was stunned by how beautifully-crafted this remake was. Pretty flawless, and a notch better than the incredible Swedish original.

Lesya said...

I liked that you pointed out the trend of depiction kids-villains as uncontrollable and evil, while Abby is of different kind. I never thought of that.

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Still haven't seen this but very curious because I loved Chloe in Kickass!

Candice Frederick said...

@Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman oh she's far better in this movie i think. more dynamic. very good lil actress that Chloe

Pray Like A Publican said...

Moretz is just amazing. I can't get enough of her. And I agree, Let Me In walked that fine line carefully, but skillfully.

Andrew K. said...

Sorrowful is a good way to describe this one, there's a potent emotional nature to it that's so often lacking in films of the genre.

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