LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

By on December 7th, 2010

Eli

DETAILS
Dir. Tomas Alfredson
Cast: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson
★★★☆☆

twitter shaped review Original story. Charming character development. Affecting and moody atmosphere. Gruesome scenes of graphic violence.

PLOT
Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackberg in1982, Let The Right One In tells the story of Oskar, a 12 year old boy with bully trouble, until he meets Eli, a peculiar girl with a dark secret, and he is introduced to a different type of torment. Seemingly allergic to daylight, with an appetite that gives new meaning to the phrase ‘Swedish meatballs’, as well as a knack for the Rubix cube, Eli gives Oskar the confidence to stand up for himself.

REVIEW
So the wife and I cuddled up with the laptop in front of us to enjoy Let the right one in, which is the original Swedish version of the hip new anti-Twilight Vampire movie doing the rounds at the minute, Let Me In, with Chloe Moretz of Kick-Ass infamy as the pint-sized bloodsucker.

Everything seems to be going swimmingly until Oskar discovers Eli’s need for human blood in order to survive. As the freezing Swedish Winter tightens it’s brutal grip and the body count in Blackberge rises, Oskar is lead irresistibly down a path of retribution and desire.

As the blood-lusty, flesh-thirsty Eli slowly unleashes the deadly truth behind her dark identity, Oskar is forced to find a difficult answer to an age-old question: How much can love forgive and forget, and in this case, how long can love survive?

VERDICT
Despite creating a tangibly and creepily intense atmosphere of mystery and suspense, for me the film indulges it’s dark impulses a little too freely, like a toddler wielding his dad’s gun: cute but unnerving, charming but violent, tender but brutal.

Torch

11 Responses to “LET THE RIGHT ONE IN”

  1. 1 rtm
    December 7th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    My pal Vince was telling me about this not too long ago. The story is definitely not your basic run of the mill vampire story (yes, anti-Twilight is right), but I don’t think I’m up for gruesome violence. Nightmarish scenes tend to linger too long in my brain so I’m avoiding it as best I can.

    P.S. Haven’t seen you around FC, Ronan… what gives? :)

  2. 2 Ronan Wright
    December 7th, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    @Ruth I know, I know, I suck. I can only apologise and beg your forgiveness. Just you wait, you’ll not be able to get rid of me now. I know, I know, promises, promises. I still owe you those Batman reviews. I have no excuses… My lady, I am forever in your debt. :-)

    It is a shame it is so graphic, same deal with The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, compelling story, good characters, but too much of the old red claret. Everything in moderation I say.

  3. 3 Novroz
    December 8th, 2010 at 2:38 am

    I so wanted to see this one. Twillight is the kind of vampire movies that I tend to avoid but this one is the kind I would love to watch. But I’ve been pretty busy lately, have no time to search its DVD.

    I like your last sentence

  4. 4 rtm
    December 8th, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Well, with an apology like that, how could I not be merciful 😀 Oh right, you did owe me the TDK review… ok, looking forward to it Ronan.

    Yep, filmmakers are so indulgent with the brutality. I mean, I’d think even with the violence toned down a few notches, they can still create impact if they do it right. Oh well, that’s why I’d probably never watch Dragon Tatoo either.

  5. 5 ronan
    December 8th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    @Ruth It really is a shame because The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo would be very watchable were it not for a few scenes that are both violently and sexually graphic, which made me a bit uncomfortable and unwilling to recommend it to friends.

    You might get that TDK review this side of Christmas, but don’t hold your breath.

  6. 6 ronan
    December 8th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    @Novia Thanks Novia, that is kind of you to say. I liked the tone of this film, even if its more graphic excesses were beyong my own particular taste.

    Novia, if you DM me your email address I’ll forward you that DVD.

  7. 7 Irina
    December 9th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I thought it was good.
    I think the horror elements of the film were handled with a good balance between memorable horrifying images and interest in the main characters, their vulnarability and queerness.
    However, it failed to completely draw me into the story as it felt like there were too many loose ends and questions left unanswered. Also the majority of the characters were not well-defined enough for me to care about them.
    Other than that it was a good high quality movie with some very good performances.
    “Swedish meatballs’ line is very funny :)

  8. 8 Novroz
    December 9th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I’ll DM you right away :)
    Thanks in advance.
    I think I should blame my father for making me enjoy movie with good blood effect. He let me see Terminator when I was in elementary 😉

  9. 9 ronan
    December 11th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    @Novia I’ve DM’d you back Nov. Ah, good old Terminator, I’m sure it is responsible for many a mispent youth, not to mention many a dodgy Arnie impression. ‘I’ll be back… as Governor of California’. Whose betting the constitution will be amended so that the big man can take a seat in the big white house on Capitol Hill.

  10. 10 ronan
    December 15th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    @Irina You summed up exactly how I felt about the film. I’m glad someone gets my jokes :-)

  11. 11 Julian
    December 23rd, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I loved pretty much everything about this film, but what i found most striking was its look. I liked how even though its a vampire movie it has a gritty, realistic look. Its not a look a lot of mainstream vampire/supernatural stories have. I actually wanted to give a movie i am making for school that same look, although i don’t think i succeeded.

    The violence didn’t seem all that graphic to me. I mean, i think the scene where Eli saved oskar could have ended up much more gruesome than it was(I’m pretty sure the fight wasn’t shown, just lots of screaming and a bit of blood)Same with the Dragon Tattoo. I will admit what the police guy does to Lisbeth is kind of hard to watch, but i don’t see how that scene could have been done in a way that wasn’t unsettling.

    Btw Ronan, i miss your comments on my blog

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