"Let Me In" Red Band Trailer Review

10/01/2010 Posted by Admin

"Let Me In"

Red Band Trailer Review

By our guest blogger, Rob Stammitti

It should be said immediately that I'm easy on remakes. That's not to say many of them are any good--I'm just willing to give them the benefit of the doubt a bit more often than many.

So, that said, "Let Me In," director Matt Reeves' ("Cloverfield") English-language take on the wonderful and chilling Swedish horror-romance "Let the Right One In" really doesn't look too bad.

The plot basically follows a boy who befriends a girl who's just moved into his apartment complex. He soon discovers that she's actually a vampire who has been causing havoc in his town, but the duo form a strong bond regardless which begins to tear the village apart and threatens both of the children's lives.

The immediate change people are bound to notice, within the trailer or the film itself most likely, is the more visceral style. It'd be silly to expect something as cerebral as the original film from the director of something as hectic and wild as "Cloverfield." Still, from the looks of it Reeves is staying true to the characters and the overall plot. Of course, it would be nice if that plot remained remotely a secret--the trailer, while a fine display of what the film has to offer, gives away several really big moments that could have been great surprises in the film (including the fate of a main character, so watch out, those who do watch the trailer)

Perhaps the thing to most look forward to with the remake, though, is the stellar cast. Brilliant young newcomer Chloe Moretz stars as the vampire, here named Abby, and Kodi Smit-McPhee (excellent in his debut, "The Road") plays the protagonist, Owen. They're joined by the fantastic veteran character actors Richard Jenkins and Elias Koteas.

Honestly, "Let Me In" is one remake with a chance to match the original. Albeit a slight chance.

"Let Me In" is in theaters now. Trailer is below. Thoughts?

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