Another month, another teen vampire flick. A Swedish remake, Let Me In
has a bit more gore and a little less ABC after-school special than any of the melodramatic Twilights
. Still, this is no horror flick home run; the kiddie vamp terror fails more than it succeeds. Fortunately, the successes are enjoyable.
A very simple plot, a vampire stuck in the body of a 12-year-old girl lives next door to a boy who is violently bullied at school. The 12-year-old vamp needs blood to survive and some neighbors get the bite. But, she loves her new buddy, encouraging him to fight for himself and if he doesn't—she will.
Set in what seems like a constant blizzard, there is nothing particularly captivating about Let Me In
, but there is enough suspense-building and good acting to make it bearable. The lead is played by a creepy and likable Chloe Moretz
, who also starred in Kick Ass
. Her performance, along with the rest of the cast, save the mainly sluggish movie that is packed with downtime.
Let Me In
received an odd amount of good reviews, maybe because there is a particular polish to the film, which can be credited to Matt Reeves
, the director of Cloverfield
. Yes, the flick looks good. On the other hand, Reeves fails with the elementary special effects that aren’t even Syfy channel worthy. Just when Let Me In
is on, it only takes one scene later for it to be off.
There is the do-or-die final scene. All Let Me In
needed was a good ending to redeem a film that consistently teeters between good and bad. But, the cheese ball conclusion is laughable ... heads floating in a pool, body parts flying—vampire flicks only shine when there is some cinematic sophistication. Let Me In
closes as just another vamp movie, only with better acting.