When it's over, "Let Me In" plays on the words itself - the aspect of physically letting someone into our homes as well as letting them into our inner self. This film is about loneliness, friendship, and love - and the things we do, however wrong and evil they may be, to nurture that love. Chloe Moretz (last seen in "Kick-Ass") plays Abby, a 12 year old vampire, who befriends a bullied adolescent named Owen, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee (last seen in "The Road"). Their relationship is forged out of a need for companionship and slowly blossoms into young love. I thought this film took the genre of vampires into a new direction where a vampire can be weak, can be dependant on another, and desires the same emotions a human does. This wasn't an all-out bloodfest, nor was it gratuitously violent. There is gore, and there is violence, but only where it served the story. I think director Matt Reeves (last project was "Cloverfield") captured poignantly the emptiness and brutality of adolescence, and I think the young actors were well chosen to portray these two tragically doomed children who were physically different, but underneath, shared the same basic needs.
My rating: 4 out of 5