Let the Right One In
Release Date: 10/24/2008 (Sweden) – Not Rated
Starring: Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson
Plot Summary: Osker is a lonely young boy with no friends who is constantly being bullied, and the one day a girl moves in to the apartment next door along with her dad. The girl, Eli, doesn’t want to be friends at first until she realizes he is as lonely as she is, and she convinces him to stand up to the bullies at school. Meanwhile Eli’s ‘dad’ fails in an attempt to get fresh blood for his ‘daughter’; you see Eli is a vampire (SPOILER ALERT!) and the man that pretends to be her dad is really her servant, or Reinfiled if you will. Eli is forced to go out on her own to hunt for blood after her servent fails one too many times.
Osker and Eli decide to be boyfriend/girlfriend even though Eli mentions more than once that she is not a girl. Osker saves Eli during a daylight attack by someone who had two people close to him murdered by the vampire. They then decide to run away together the next day. Osker is in trouble with the bullies again before you know it, but is saved by Eli who teaches the bullies a real lesson in bullying.
Alex’s Thoughts: While the movie is somewhat slow-paced, I think that helps to build tension up for the few really dramatic parts. While slow, it isn’t boring at all, the cinematography is great, as is the story. It is a vampire movie, but at its core it’s a love story about two people finding each other and falling in love; although they are very different, they are also very much the same. I say watch it and you’ll like it.
Tim’s Thoughts: First let me say that my lovely wife who does not like horror movies at all, enjoyed this. It is paced very deliberately, but I feel that this (and the lack of a soundtrack through the majority of film) make this much more than a horror movie. Like Alex said, it’s a love story, for the unloved, the invisible people out there who feel that they have no one. A great character study, and the cinematography is incredible, I dread the american version. Not for the average viewer, I say this only because some people don’t want to read a movie, and more often than not the pacing of this movie will turn off folks who don’t like the “artsy” stuff, but if you are feeling froggy, give this one a shot.
Final Thoughts: The movie is all in Swedish, so if you aren’t fluent, you’re going to have to read for an hour and a half. If subtitles aren’t your thing it might prevent you from enjoying a really good film. If you do like to read, you might also like the book of the same name that this movie was based on. There is an American version of the movie in theaters soon called Let Me In, only time will tell if it is half as good the Swedish version.
Alex Rates This Movie 9/10
Tim Rates This Movie 9/10