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Let Me In

Year: 2010
Studio: Overture Films
Director: Matt Reeves
Writer: Matt Reeves/John Ajvide Lindqvist
Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Elias Koteas, Richard Jenkins

The good news is that it's a great movie. The bad news is that the only reason it's a great movie is because the original was so good, and if you've seen the Swedish film based on John Alvide Lindqvist's bestseller, it renders this movie completely redundant.

But Cloverfield director Matt Reeves recaptures the dark, tender mood perfectly as young Owen (Smit-McPhee) strikes up a tentative friendship with vampire girl Abby (Moretz) after she moves into his apartment complex one snowy winter of discontent.

Despite Abby promising Owen she can't be friends but refusing to say why, the two become each others' closest confidantes in the scary world they inhabit. For Owen, it's trying to keep his head above water thanks to the bullies making is life hell at school (in a telling cinematic device, his mother is never shown in the foreground or in focus, a vague non-entity in his life).

For Abby, it's the threat of starvation after the loss of her father/handler (Jenkins), a grizzled middle aged man tasked with finding her food, which he does by murdering and draining people in the middle of the night.

The scenes and fixtures that made the original so iconic are all present and correct (Abby's reaction when she comes into Owen's house without being invited, the pool scene), but it feels more like faithful tick boxing than filmmaking.

Completely out of character from the rest of the film are two CGI scenes of unforgivably bad quality – when Abby attacks the jogger in the tunnel and when she climbs up the tree prior to attacking her and Owen's sexy neighbour.

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