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"Let Me In" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Let Me In blends the innocent face of Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) with the darkness of vampirism. A young boy named Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has troubles at home (his parents are divorcing) and at school (bullies pick on him mercilessly). But when a mysterious girl named Abby (Moretz) moves in next door, Owen hopes he's found a friend, even though she smells a little strange. Unfortunately, his new friend needs blood to live, and the man who seems to be her father (Richard Jenkins) goes out to drain local residents to feed her. But even as Owen starts to suspect something is wrong, having a real friend might just matter more. Based on the Swedish novel, “Let The Right One In”, this film is a dark and violent love story which is as intelligent as it is chilling.

Specifications

  • Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • 2011, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 56 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec: MPEG 4
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Jenkins
  • Director: Matt Reeves
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Nudity
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

I found this horror story to be a fascinating character study that deals with many different issues. The main theme is about youngsters learning how to cope with the troubling world they live in, such as bullies at school, divorce, and violence. But the real issues deal with loneliness, acceptance and unconditional love. All of these themes are intertwined with horror and blood letting, of course. Atmospheric, with very strong acting, this movie is not a dull witted exercise in the teen slasher flick genre. The movie "starts" about 2/3 of the way into the story, back tracks to the begining, and then runs straight through to the surprising ending. Some of the CGI is hokey looking, but the story itself makes up for any short comings there. Really enjoyed this flick! (And welcome back Hammer Studios!)

Technical

Picture quality was good with good contrast in the many dark scenes. I saw no artifacts or video hiccups in the transfer. Flesh tones were accurate and day light scenes looked natural without attempts to make the movie "artistic". Sound was also very good with an ominous pounding drum beat to add tension.

Extras

Audio commentary with writer/director Matt Reeves, From the Inside: A Look at the Making of LET ME IN, the Art of Special Effects, Crash Sequence Step-by-Step Blu-ray exclusive: Dissecting LET ME IN, deleted scenes with optional commentary by writer/director Matt Reeves, trailer gallery, poster & still gallery.