Let Me In

Rated 4.0

Fans of the Swedish vampire movie Let the Right One In can exhale: Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) has directed an American remake that is, in many ways, equal to the original. And, with Chloe Moretz playing Abby, a forever 12-year old bloodsucker living in a rundown apartment with her guardian/slave (Richard Jenkins), the film’s emotional core is in good hands. It helps that Kodi Smit-McPhee is her equal as a young boy bullied at school and fascinated with his new, creepy neighbor. Reeves retains much of the original’s plot points, and creates a similar, appropriately sad and tragic vibe. He also brings some of his own ideas to the proceedings, and they work for the most part. Unlike the original, it is also very gory. Moretz, who played Hit Girl in Kick-Ass, is certainly one of the breakout stars of 2010.