First, to answer two questions: Should they have remade the fabulous Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In? No, of course not. Is said remake, Let Me In, actually pretty damn good? Begrudgingly I have to say director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) does a decent job rebooting it. The film has now been transported from snowy Sweden to 1980s New Mexico, where a shy, bullied boy, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee, (The Road) meets a weird young girl named Abby (played by Kick Ass' Chloe Moretz) who moves in next door and discovers she needs blood to live. That is supplied to her by her trusted older sidekick (Richard Jenkins). The scenes where Jenkins climbs in the back seats of cars to snag his victims are extremely creepy, especially a chase and car accident shot from the back seat that's reminiscent of the film noir classic Gun Crazy. But the basic story is the same, with more visceral scares. One misses the seedy Swedish atmosphere and bar patrons of the original, but the kids here are great and their weird, twisted, love story holds up nicely. This was actually a nice surprise.
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