A remake of the 2008 Swedish movie Låt Den Rätte Komma In [Let The Right One In], based on John Ajvide Lindqvist's 2004 novel of the same name, Let Me In chronicles 12-year-old Owen's (Kodi Smit-McPhee) blossoming romance with his new neighbor, Abby (Chloe Moretz), who just happens to be a vampire. With the bizarre recent influx of vampire/romance films, such as Twilight and The Vampire Diaries, Let Me In is at its best when it manages to set itself apart from this developing genre. Director Matt Reeve's attention to the subtle complexities of Owen and Abby's relationship is both gratifying and different. Plot is rarely driven by character development in horror films – violence usually takes the spotlight. In Let Me In, however, the roles are reversed. The violence feels anticlimactic in places, while the pregnant pauses between Owen and Abby maintain the suspense.
Let Me In is surprisingly psychological, addressing forbidden love, living as an outcast, and even gender and sexuality with aplomb. Bullied at school and ignored at home, Owen is the quintessential outcast, and finds himself attracted to Abby's "difference." Though Abby's vampirism is a secret at first, Owen immediately notices that Abby is not like other kids at school. Although he isn't sure exactly what makes Abby unique, Owen's circumstance prepares him for acceptance. Desperately lonely, Owen just wants somewhere he can belong. In a moment of intimacy, Abby asks Owen if he would still like her if she were not a girl. Kodi Smit-McPhee succeeds in delivering a response rich with conflict and love as he thinks it over, and responds that he would. The chemistry between the two is palpable, and Smith-McPhee and Moretz bring rich depth of character to difficult roles.
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