Written by: J. Logan
A few years ago while I was on Netflix and I found this movie that starred these two young stars Kodi Smit-Mcphee and Chloë Grace Moretz, I only got so far into the movie before I fell asleep and I didn't even think to go back for a re-watch. As I was scrolling through last night I stumbled on the film again and realized what I had missed. The 2010 American-British romantic horror film, Let Me In, was originally released at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Direct Matt Reeves did an amazing job with the development of the film and the usage of the two young actors in the horror film.
The film follows the story of Kodi Smit-Mcphee's character, Owen, and his relationship with Chloë Grace Moretz's character, Abby. 12-year-old Own is being bullied at school and his parents are going through a divorce. He eventually runs into Abby who just moved into his neighbor and so happens to be a vampire. The story line has a lot of layers and plot twist that were not expected and made the movie that much better. The young actress Chloë Grace Moretz did a great job in her role. She has been in the game since 2004, but didn't get her first big film role until 2005 in The Amityville Horror. Since then she has been creating an impressive resume, especially in the horror and comedy genre of films.
Kodi Smit-Mcphee is also pretty young in the game and was a great for the role of Own within the film. The Australian actor has been in the film game since 2005, but didn't star in his first full length big screen film until 2007 with his role in Romulus, My Father. He starred in a few other Australian full length films and got his first big American role starring in the film The Road in 2009. The two did well in the roles and had a good connection between each other in their roles. The one thing that I didn't like was the way the film ended. after all the craziness that happened, the ending was bland.
The film did fairly well in box office sales grossing $4 million over their budget of $20 million. During the opening night in the United States, the film earned an estimated $5.1 million and opened at #8. On Rotten Tomatoes the film is sitting on an 88% film score from the critics. It was also listed on their list of ten best reviewed wide release films of 2010. If you happen to not see it, I highly recommend giving it a look. If you have seen it, the film also has a prequel titles Let Me In: Crossroads, which was released afterwards. The prequel reveals the background story of Abby and ends where Let Me In begins. I'm hoping to find it soon, and if I do of course you can expect a review of it.