Let Me In  (116 min)

Let me in by saying that this movie’s graphic scenes of violence, although very little in quantity, have much quality to them in the sense of how graphic they are. In other words they are very disturbing. Besides that, though, the movie focuses more on the bases of a special friendship between a young boy, Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and a little girl, Abby (Chloe Moretz), who we find out pretty early in the film to be a vampire. This friendship, which started when Owen moved into the same apartment buildings as Chloe along with her father, it blossoms into something far greater and deeper and more intimate. But it is strictly innocent in nature, and goes as far physically as any relationship would go consisting of two twelve year olds. The two simply share a kiss and a scene where she spends the night in his bed with no clothes on for a reason you will just have to find out for yourself. Nothing happens and the two just end up talking. “We can take things slow”, says Abby when answering Owens’s question asking her if she would like to be his girlfriend. See, strictly innocent, besides the fact that she is a blood thirsty vampire. The whole point behind this movie, though, is the great bond and the great relationship that the two form and how this relationship is of great importance to someone like Owen, who doesn’t have many friends and is bullied constantly at school and spends his free time at home spying on his neighbors and their privacy. He is also the kind of kid that could be dangerous and could do something if provoked enough. You’ll see what I mean. As for the frightening scenes in the movie, there are only a couple that are truly frightening, but like I said before they are disturbing enough to make a lasting impression on you. This was different that I expected but I was still very impressed. What is good about this remake of the foreign film, “Let the Right One In”, is the way the director, Matt Reeves, portrays it. From its cold, dark and eerie setting, to the quiet mood that the movie presents, it is quite the appropriate setting for such a film as this. Along with that and the acting the two young actors perform and even the special effects, which you can tell are special effects but are still pretty realistic looking. I mean as realistic as vampire attacks get. There really isn’t much to compare to since vampires do not exist, but you can imagine that if they did exist then this is probably how they would look when they run, climb, or attack. Bullies, on the other hand, are indeed real and certainly lethal and the film does a great job of showing that and it gives a pretty loud wake-up call by showing just how lethal and dangerous they can really be. What the bullies do to Owen is so awful and at times is way over the top. The bullying ranges from simple wedgies and teasings to life threatening attempts at his life. The film also shows how dangerous vampires can be as well and how you should never mess with one if you ever get a chance to meet one, and you especially should not mess with one’s friends either. Bullies vs. vampires; physically just do not compare. Emotionally, though, bullies could tear you to threads, as shown through the disturbed personality of Owen. So now this poses a question. Who actually poses more of a threat; vampires or bullies? Emotional threats as opposed to physical threats. Take your pick, but just remember that although one can hurt you majorly on the outside, the other can grow like a seed inside you and can tear you up from the inside possibly growing big enough to destroy you entirely, emotionally and physically. “Let Me In” is rated R for strong bloody horror violence, language and a brief sexual situation.