Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Let Me In

Movie name: Let Me In
Year of release: 2010
Director: Matt Reeves
Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Cara Buono, Elias Koteas, Sasha Barrese, Dylan Kenin, Chris Browning, Ritchie Coster
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7

Synopsis:Matt Reeves first made his name with the film "The Pallbearer", which starred Gwyneth Paltrow in 1996. Since then he has been a collaborator of J. J. Abrams with whom he worked on the successful TV show "Felicity" and the monster film that was "Cloverfield". "Let Me In", basically follows the screenplay from John Ajvide Lindqvist - in a small town in New Mexico, lonely young Owen sees his life changed by the arrival of new neighbors, in particular of the intriguing Abby, a 12 year old girl who only shows up at night. Owen and Abby strike a good friendship, with Abby providing counseling on how Owen should deal with bullies and Owen introducing her to a series of toys and assorted candy. Owen finds out that there's a lot more to Abby than it's apparent.
Matt Reeves attempted to create his interpretation of the screenplay of John Ajvide Lindqvist - he transposed the story to New Mexico in 1983 and displayed more of the vampiric/monstrous side of Abby. The film ends up being simultaneously similar and different from "Let the Right One In": Matt Reeves is a talented film-maker and directs the film with an attention to detail that certainly gives his film the difference and distance from the original swedish version. Even though the events and how the story progresses are very similar in the two films, the dynamics between the actors feels more developed as does some of the action scenes that populate the film. A good remake, worth watching!