This week's must-see DVD/BD, and why we're lovin' it.
What? Let Me In
Who? Directed by Matt Reeves and starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Elias Koteas and Richard Jenkins
Why? The world doesn't need more vampire fiction or another remake. Now that we've cleared the air, let Blu-ray Bob tell you why this English-language remake of the 2008 Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In is still worth letting into your head.
Set in the early '80s in a bleak little town in New Mexico, the story follows a lonely 12-year-old boy named Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who is neglected by his divorcing parents and bullied at school. Owen strikes up a friendship in his building's playground with a strange girl named Abby (Chloë Moretz) who appears to be his age. Abby walks around barefoot in the snow and doesn't feel cold, is blissfully ignorant of pop culture (she is fascinated by his Rubik's Cube), and she grows protective of Owen. The truth is that Abby is an older vampire stuck forever in a little girl's body, and the man who appears to be her father really covers her tracks and brings fresh blood for her to drink. Abby resists her need to feed around Owen and encourages him to defend himself against the bullies and tells him that she will help if necessary. Away from Owen, the pint-sized vampire gets increasingly violent and her caretaker's efforts to conceal her true nature become more difficult. With the small town closing in around them, can their unusual friendship survive?
director Matt Reeves
scores again with this stylish, if ultimately unnecessary, update of the Swedish film. Whereas Let the Right One In
was a very quiet, eerie movie without a lot of action until the unforgettable pool scene at the end, Let Me In
increases the intensity of Abby's attacks (Moretz, who played Hit Girl in Kick-Ass
, jumps all over her victims like CG Yoda in the Star Wars
prequels) as well as the gore and "boo!" musical spikes in the score. These "improvements" might not be to everyone's tastes, yet this story about the bond between two misfits continues to resonate due to Moretz's convincing performance of an old soul in a little girl's body and Smit-McPhee who, like he did in The Road
, conveys an emotional pain beyond his years. For a remake of a cult favorite foreign film in a saturated genre, that's bloody shocking.
What Else?: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain the director's commentary, three making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, a still gallery and trailers; the BD adds a picture-in-picture commentary track and a digital copy for portable devices. Both versions also come packaged with a limited edition Let Me In comic book made exclusively for the home video release.