Thursday, April 24, 2014

Let Me In - Review - @BrandonCSites


Let Me In (2010) **
D: Matt Reeves
C: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Cara Buono, Elias Koteas, Sasha Barrese, Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak, Chris Browning, Ritchie Coster  
Plot Synopsis: A young kid (Smith-McPhee), who is picked upon by school bullies, becomes best friends with his next door neighbor, a vampire who has been feeding off of the locals. 

Review: Let Me In is well made in every regard. It also happens to be well acted. It has scary moments. It has tense moments. It has suspenseful moments. It has moments where it shows two incredibly odd characters coming together to form some kind of kinship. It has funny moments. It even has touching moments. 

On the surface, it looks like Let Me In has done everything right. The problem is, even though it is a remake of a popular foreign film, Let Me In isn't all that distinguishable. It doesn't stand out. It feels like a carbon copy of the original. It feels like the original. Heck, it even looks like the original!

The story, involving a bullied young boy becoming friends with a vampire, is almost a scene for scene remake of the original. And just like the original, a sub-plot involving bullies is far more interesting and shows far more audacity then the central plot. Let Me In doesn't have any new or relevant points to make. Watching the film, this question came to mind - What exactly was the point? [R] 116 mins.

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