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Let Me In (2010)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  1 October 2010 (USA)
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A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.

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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

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Innocence dies. Abby doesn't.

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Rated R for strong bloody horror violence, language and a brief sexual situation | See all certifications »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,147,479 (USA) (2 October 2010)

Gross:

$12,134,420 (USA) (3 December 2010)
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The candy, Now and Later, is a recurring object throughout the film. Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is consistently eating the candy and hiding the wrappers, the candy's theme song is what Owen is singing in his first and last scene, and Abby (Chloë Grace Moretz) writes her first note to Owen on a Now and Later wrapper. See more »

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This movie takes place in 1983, yet the taxi cab that Abby gets into near the end of the movie appears to be a 1986 model. The car has a high-mount brake light, which didn't appear on cars in the U.S. until the 1986 model year. See more »

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[first lines]
Paramedic #1: One-three-one to dispatch, come in.
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Paramedic #1: 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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Charming Romance!
4 October 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Stop right there if you think this is a horror film. This film dances around a horror atmosphere while hiding in the shadows of a thriller. It's actually first and foremost, a romance.

Chloe Moretz, of Hit-Girl fame from Kick-Ass, plays a child vampire who moves in next door to a boy named Owen, who is very much alone and bullied at school. Owen's mother is an alcoholic who won sole custody and Owen's father is not allowed to come around. Moretz once again steals the show as the tragic character of Abby.

Let Me In is an adaptation, written and directed by Matt Reeves, of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In. Barely anything has been changed from the original story, but the cinematography, some dialogue, different actors and adjusted characters make for a new movie. Although many fans of the original boycotted this film for months, Let Me In will allow for the original to be viewed.

Matt Reeves does an excellent job and I've enjoyed his first two films I've seen. Let Me In and Cloverfield are his only two pieces of work I've seen and they are his most popular thus far.

This is a romance because it plays very intimately between the two lead actors. The scenes between Owen and Abby are tender and very romantic for the age of the characters. It's surprising to see how well two child actors can be this mature and loving with such a great chemistry. It has some thrills and chills and there's room for drama but it's definitely meant to be a romance.

Personally, I've not seen the original film, but I do think this is a great film in its own right. It certainly did a good job to get me interested in watching the original whenever I get a chance.

It has a very short list of cast, as the only other names I can recognize are Richard Jenkins and Elias Koteas. Their involvement is less than secondary characters and even then they are still overshadowed by the breathtaking Moretz. At 13 years of age, Moretz amounts maturity and skill in her acting as much as an adult can. Her timing and delivery is well-established and crafted almost as if she's been doing this work for decades.

I can't say anything bad about Let Me In because I haven't seen the original to compare and mostly because I really enjoyed the movie. Perhaps it's my favourtism of romance movies and I am fascinated by Moretz and child actor leads, but whatever the reason, I believe Let Me In is going to be a great success with audiences.


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