[Last Film I Saw] Let Me In (2010)

Title: Let Me In
Year: 2010
Language: English
Country: UK, USA
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Director: Matt Reeves
Writers:
Matt Reeves
John Ajvide Lindqvist
Music: Michael Giacchino
Cinematography: Greig Fraser
Cast:
Kodi Smit-McPhee
Chloë Grace Moretz
Elias Koteas
Richard Jenkins
Dylan Minnette
Jimmy ‘Jax’ Pinchak
Nicolai Dorian
Cara Buono
Sasha Barrese
Dylan Kenin
Chris Browning
Brett DelBuono
Ritchie Coster
Rating: 6.9/10

After the exceptional success of CLOVERFIELD (2008), Matt Reeves’ sophomore contact is the US remake of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2008), the smashing Tomas Alfredson’s grim Nordic vampire fairytale in the modern world, which catches a a 9/10 in my rating system. The remake sets its location at New Mexico, while the storyline is chiefly adapted from the original hit. With two genius child thespians in the leading roles, it is unable to surpass its prototype notwithstanding, the film indeed manages to keep the narrative intriguing, as a second step for Reeves, his potential is literally palpable.

One main feature of the film’s more overt vicious bully circle, in a way it implies a resemblance of the immortal vampire circle, which is more subtle in Tomas’ version; the gore and brute force is literally shown in a more explicit manner which is a common schlock trick in Hollywood horror-fest. Luckily the cast has somewhat saved the film in to an abyss of the utter shadow cast over by its archetype, Kodi Smit-McPhee (from THE ROAD 2009) and Chloë Grace Moretz (from KICK-ASS 2010) are distinctly more earthly than two leads in the Swedish version, their chemistry is both ample and controlled at the same time, which is a significant outlet for the sympathizing ending, it’s a point-of-no-return journey, a neglected child with a broken soul takes on an uneven deal with a demon under the veil of puppy love, it’s too heartbroken to even think about it. Considering Chloë’s upcoming projects, a remake of CARRIE (1976) and MAGGIE (another zombie-horror), her stereotyped constraint may hamper her stardom as we all know it, it is never easy to break the curse of a child star.

Also the supporting roles are primarily sidelined, boy’s father is only on voiceover and his mother although has more screen time but has no facial shot at all (poor Cara Buono, a cypher presence). One complaint is the CGI effect of the sun-blazing scene in the hospital and the slash-flick makeup of Richard Jenkin’s disfigured face, both are shoddy and surrealistically fake, being the man behind CLOVERFIELD, Reeves is inexcusable for the hiccup. Fortunately the final swimming pool massacre is a blessing, the blankness leaves much for one’s imagination.

Maybe the film’s occurrence is too near its original masterpiece, that’s why the inexorable comparison cannot be eschewed, and if one could take it as an individual work, the film is able to make you tremble and make you dumbfounded.

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