Saturday, November 9, 2013

Let the Right One In - Review - @BrandonCSites / #Horror

Let the Right One In (2008) **
D: Tomas Alfedson
C: Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl
P: An odd young boy befriends a young girl that has moved into the same apartment complex as him. Over time, he slowly begins to realize that she is a vampire.

The central plot line involves two odd, weird characters that society has shunned away coming together and finding friendship and mutual understanding with one another. While the performances from its two young leads are competent as stand alone performances, the two young actors fail to find a flow with one another. They fail to ignite chemistry with one another. They just don't feed off of one another. People, who get one another or are friends with one another, have that innate understanding between one another and its just not here with the young actors of Let the Right One In. Since friendship and understanding is a key component to the film's story and the actors fail to convince viewers of that, the film's overall scenario isn't fully engaging. 

There’s a sub-plot involving school bullies terrorizing one of the main characters. These scenes are dynamic, suspenseful, even chilling. These scenes come alive with energy and urgency. The problem is, it's a sub-plot and it's far more interesting then the main plot thread. While the film's initial concept is intriguing, Let the Right One In drags far too often until it gets to a scene involving these bullies confronting our main character. Let the Right One In touches upon a universal theme in its exploration of companionship, but the material, surprisingly, doesn't resonate because of actors who just don't connect with one another and a sub-plot that's far more exciting then the central storyline. [R] 115 mins.

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