Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
In Los Alamos, New Mexico, the twelve year-old Owen is a lonely and outcast boy bullied in school by Kenny and two other classmates; at home, Owen dreams of avenging himself against the trio of bullies. He befriends his twelve-year-old next door neighbor, Abby, who only appears during the night in the playground of their building. Meanwhile, Abby's father is a wanted serial-killer who drains the blood of his victims to supply Abby, who is actually an ancient vampire. Abby advises Owen to fight Kenny; however, soon he discovers that she is a vampire, and he feels fear and love for the girl. Meanwhile a police officer is investigating the murder cases, believing that it is a satanic cult. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Director Matt Reeves modeled the physical appearance and personality of Abby (Chloë Grace Moretz) after seeing photos of a 12-year old homeless girl taken by Mary Ellen Mark. Moretz said the sadness of her character was decided on by her and Reeves after seeing the photos. See more »
The scene where Abby comes in uninvited and begins to bleed to death shouldn't have happened, as Owen already invited her into the apartment in a previous scene. If a vampire is invited in once, they never have to be invited again and can come and go as they please. See more »
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This is one-three-one. We have a male, mid 50s, with burns over nine to nine and a half percent of his body. Prior to our arrival on scene, the patient apparently doused his head, neck and face with some sort of highly concentrated acid. patient's airway is severely compromised due to fume inhalation. Vital signs unstable. Please advise, patient is a federal suspect. We're coming in with a ...
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The movie's end credits are in the form of black text on a white background, which is the opposite of most movie credits, which are usually white text on a black background. See more »
A Heartbreaking Story That is Disturbing and Bittersweet
Before finding out about this film, I had no knowledge of the book nor seen the Swedish film adaptation of "Let the Right One In." After first seeing a TV spot for "Let Me In", I got the impression that this was going to be a very original vampire story unlike any other. I went in the theater keeping my expectations leveled and I came out with a sense of complete satisfaction.
"Let Me In" feels fresh and it left a good impression on me. The pacing of the film felt right and the cast did a great job. I got to praise Chloe Moretz's portrayal of Abby/Eli. The character of Abby is so eerie and it is never implied if she is really manipulating Owen for her own motives or if she genuinely cares for him. As a vampire, she is a ruthless monster that will stop at nothing to murder a helpless victim to satisfy her cravings for blood. As a "twelve year old" girl, she appears innocent and comes off as introverted. Overall, I feel that there is a lot of tragedy in the character of Abby, but the question is does she really have a heart? I would like to think she does, but I cannot give a straight answer to that, so that would be up to the viewer to decide.
Kodi Smit-McPhee does a good job playing Owen. You can really feel a sense of alienation in Owen's world due to the constant bullying from his classmates and having nobody to rely on. It is easy to see why he develops a friendship with Abby who also happens to be a loner living the type of lifestyle she does. It was a treat to watch scenes with these two together, because it sheds a bit of light in a film with such a dark tone. Not only that, but it helps prevent "Let Me In" from being classified as a straight up horror movie.
There are some pretty gory moments in the film, but overall, the whole thing stays focused on the character's interactions. The film does a good job by staying focused on the relationship between Abby and Owen and not relying on violence to completely overtake the film.
I also got to give Richard Jenkins props for playing Abby's father. There is a lot to this character and I couldn't help but feel sympathy for him. All of his scenes are intense and a pleasure to watch.
I praise this film for introducing me to such a beautiful story. I feel a personal connection to "Let Me In." It really hits me on a deep level of emotion. I know there are people that feel that this film should not have been made, but If it was not for this film, I probably would not have known about the novel or the Swedish adaptation of "Let the Right One In." Update: After watching "Let the Right One In", I feel that these two movies are similar, but they each have it's own differences which is enough to make both the Swedish and American version stand on its own. The Swedish version blew me away just like the American version, but in ways that are different from how I reacted to the American version, which is a good thing.
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