Let The Right One In (2008)

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An insular 12 year old boy who is being bullied at school finds companionship with a young girl who moves in next door, only to find that she is a vampire.

Let The Right One In puts a new spin on vampire mythology which is intertwined with an innocent romance between two social outcasts. The approach is very low key, almost too much so. I found it rather sterile and lacking in drama and the moral ambiguity of the story didn’t sit very well with me. At the end of the day the girl is going round murdering innocent people and the message the film seems to be conveying is that violence is the answer to your worries. I didn’t feel any real attachment to the characters and Lina Leandersson aside, I didn’t think it was particularly well acted. I’d also have to say that the romance element is dispelled if you choose to draw the conclusion that her “father” who she treats like a virtual slave, was in fact the last 12 year old boy she had seduced.

It’s certainly an interesting and attractively shot film, but I wasn’t as enamoured with it as everyone else seems to be.

5.5/10

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