Monday, 21 March 2011
DVD: Let Me In
Twelve year old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) leads a troubled life. School bullies pick on him and he struggles to cope with the separation of his parents. When Abbey (Chloe Moretz) moves in next door the two seem to hit it off, as she too is an outsider, but for some reason she makes it clear they can't be friends. What's her secret and why does Owen only ever see her after dark?
This is a remake of the Swedish film Let The Right One In but as I haven't saw that I can judge this on it's own merits and despite already knowing most of the plot due to word of mouth this film is not to be missed.
Marketed as an all out horror it's actually about the relationship between the two ill-at-ease youngsters as they attempt to cope with their respective situations and help each other where they can. Both Smit-McPee and Moretz are excellent and fine support is provided by the ever reliable Elias Koteas (Fallen, Zodiac).
This is a horror/thriller about twelve year olds but it's aimed at adults sick of the usual crop of silly, supposedly scary, films more suited to adolescents. It rises far above any of it's peers, in fact I can't really think of a film to compare it to, except maybe Fright Night but without the campy comedy.
For once the critics have got it right, this is a true gem of a film and it only loses points for some needless dodgy CGI, otherwise I can't fault it.
Ric's Rating: 96%