LET ME IN (2010)Director:Matt Reeves
Writers:Matt Reeves (screenplay), John Ajvide Lindqvist (screenplay "Låt den rätte komma in")
Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins
Let Me In is something unique, I feel, in the annals of horror cinema , a movie that stays true to its source material, while never feeling anything less than completely and utterly fresh and original throughout. This is a re-make of a Swedish film called "Let The Right One In" from 2008 and both films come from the novel of the same name by Swedish author Tomas Alfredson.
Let Me In takes place in Los Alamos, New Mexico in the winter of 1983. 12-year-old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is raised by his divorcee mother, does not have any friends, enjoys playing with his Rubik's Cube and eating Now 'n' Laters. His school life is not much better, he is constantly bullied for not fitting in. All his problems are answered when the amazing Abby (Chloe Moretz) moves into the apartment next door. She is a self assured twelve year old who helps Owen overcome his bullying problems, gives him someone to love and their friendship blossoms.
However all is not right with Abby who is played by the highly capable Chloe Moretz, (Hit Girl in Kickass). Abby is a vampire, she "needs blood to live" and she will do anything to get it, indeed even jump on an innocent persons back as they go for a nice jog and feast on their blood. Her performance is remarkable and the chemistry with her and Kodi Smit is all the more special when you take into account they are very young actors.
Kodi Smit-McPhee, the young boy at the heart of this tale, Owen, he's just plain sensational. He looks awkward, acts awkward, and is so naturalistic and unforced that all you can think is "wow, this kid's got a hell of a future in front of him." As for the vampire girl, Abby, herself, Chloe Moretz proved in Kick-*** that she's a youthful force to be reckoned with (she literally stole the show in that movie), and she cements that impression here. It's certainly rare for a film aimed at a decidedly adult audience to count on two very young actors to carry the story, and these two certainly do. Their performances are gripping, believable, and just plain downright extraordinary.
The film itself is a masterpiece thanks to the performances of both Kodi and Chloe, that are nothing short of brilliant. Let Me In is a modern horror classic. 9/10