Let Me In is not your next installment of Twilight.
Based on the Swedish novel â€œLet The Right One Inâ€, which was later adapted for film in 2008, it’s actually quite unlike any vampire movie you’ve ever seen. Taking a more realistic approach, if drinking blood and inhuman strength can be considered realistic for a moment, director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) shows us a different side of the vampire story by packaging it in the body (corpse?) of a vampire child, Abby (Chloe Moretz of Kick-Ass).
The story takes place in a small New Mexico town in the early-80’s, which differs from the original suburb of Blackeberg, Stockholm. Twelve year old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee of The Road) is a soft-spoken boy with no friends to speak of. A lone wolf, he is easy prey for the town bullies that relentlessly antagonize him – that is until he makes friends wth the new girl in town.
Even though the premise tackles an admittedly juvenile topic, the story is masterfully melded with undertones of insecurity and loneliness. Elements of danger are constant, as local authorities follow a trail of blood from Abby’s latest victims – a girl’s gotta feed.
Whether or not the subtleties of love will be drowned in Hollywood magic has yet to be seen, although it is said this version will closely resemble the original. Given there are more explosions, smash cuts and blood in the trailer of Let Me In than in the entirety of its predecessor, I’m worried that some of the story nuances will be lost.
That’s not to say I’m not looking forward to a fresh new take on the vampire world. It’s about time we get back to the roots of vampire lore. The kind that is steeped in a cold dark mausoleum of eternal solitude with the faintest glimmer of hope for the tenderness of love.
I’ll be in attendance on October 1st to see if Reeves has what it takes to Americanize an already amazing story without going overboard. He’s got his work cut out for him as the bar is already set pretty high.
The way I see it though, is even if the redux bombs at least Abby won’t sparkle.
Where: Movie Near You
When: October 1, 2010