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Let The Right One In

A Swedish horror film about a young boy who befriends a vampire.

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Waiting For The Right One

  • May 16, 2009
 It would seem LTROI has managed to captivate quite a few moviegoers everywhere & has enthralled it's audiences which amazes me. I actually was quite stoked about the idea of a really cool vampire flick which seemed to do so well with both audiences or critics alike & was even hoping to catch it on the big scream last year. Boy, I was in for quite a shock. This one is basically a snoozer & it took me three consecutive attempts to watch it all the way through.

Don't get me wrong. The film is certainly ok as far as artsy films go or just average Horror films go but I've seen much better in days gone by. As far as vampire movies are concerned, this may be one of the better recent ones but what do we really have to compare it to? Surely not Twilight which for some reason unbeknownst to me I actually find more entertaining. Eek.

Perhaps LTROI just doesn't cover enough new territory or seems rather ridiculous when it re-visits old themes which have been ardently defended in thousands of other films. We've all seen atleast one teenage angst movie in our times where the kid is bullied to a breaking point & must eventually retaliate or suffer horrendously. This theme is well worn out & simply re-visiting this road again seems rather futile.

The cinematography? The scenes are ok in any book I suppose but most take place at night so what are we supposed to be looking for here? When Oskar initially meets his young friend, he can only meet her at nite outside their apartment building in the snow. Sorry but I failed to see anything amazing here either. Winter films can be extremely attractive but only in fleeting moments do we get a look at something besides gutteral darkness or pitch black skies with snow-filled playgrounds. For the first few times I tried to watch the film, I found my eyelids growing pretty heavy in these scenes.

Love themes have always done fairly well in mainstream cinema & probability suggests will always lure unsuspecting crowds to the mulitplex but I'm not very touched here at all. Much of the dialogue seems very awkward & even a bit forced. Again, I really hate to admit this but Twilight might actually have the upper hand on building more tension or jerking unexpected emotions from it's viewers.
I find very little here to get excited about nor anything much to delight the eyes in the annal of fantastic cinema. It's actually downright pathetic when an arthouse or foreign film can't even begin to rank with a bubble gum teeny bopper film.

The special effects? Ehh. I don't get this either. Much of it looks like something out of an average eighties film & even reminds me of second ranked Stephen King material although I prefer King. Yikes!! There are a couple of semi-clever moments here such as the recently changed woman who is attacked by a mob of cats in a hilarious & unforgettable montage. Aside from that, the majority of the murders aren't too spectacular nor could much of the film be construed as gruesome.

Overall opinion? Skip purchasing this one & hold out for something else. Rent it if you must. I wasted $15 thinking this would be the highlight of the year but am highly disappointed. Perhaps repeated viewings of the film may change my mind over a period of time but I don't think so.
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December 28, 2010
I actually liked this one, even the remake wasn't 3 bad [I guess].
January 02, 2011
It's grown on me considrably since the intial viewing. I still prefer the book much better than either this version or the American version. Neither version seems to want Eli to be a boy when the book makes it blatantly obvious that Eli was asctually Elias. Thanks Alex for your comments and for reading the reviews. Happy New Year!!
June 06, 2009
seems like we're opposing sides on this one, bro. I do see where you're coming from, but I really liked this film. I loved the way it played on the situation as the antagonist and the vampire herself as the bad guy. Cenobite, you still my bud--but I have to disagree on you on this one. Tasteless scum LOL (j/k)
June 06, 2009
I really walked into this one with extremely high expectations so naturally I was pissed off. I guess I was expecting the next Pan's Labyrinth or something quite revolutionary. I will more than likely re-visit it someday as I shelled out $15 bucks for the damned DVD so perhaps it will grow on me. For now, we can agree to disagree. Even so, you still rock dude & I think you're taste is dope. Thanks for the comments again!
May 20, 2009
Okay, you convinced me on this one, although I don't think I've read any real rave reviews of it from my friends either and wasn't planning on seeing it anyhow. But one question; as a cat lover (and I probably know the answer to this already) how do the cats fare when they attack?
May 30, 2009
Sorry, I must have overlooked your comment here. My apologies. Actually the cats fare well. They attack the lady but we never see any harm come to them which is cool. I am not a fan of film which depict animal cruelty or the killing of animals. You might like this one better than me. Most of the reviews I read really praised LTROI but I simply couldn't find much to rave about. If it's a free rental, then have at it. Otherwise, it's a waste of money in my book.
May 30, 2009
I agree, I'll wait for free.
June 06, 2009
actually, Karen, I reviewed it and Trashie saw it because of my rec and he also loved it. Mackshere also reviewed it in ammie and liked it.

Damn, Cenobite--tasteless blood-sucking scum! LMAO.
June 06, 2009
It's true that many reviewers have actually enjoyed it & I'm one of the few that didn't. Gosh, it shocks me that Blackshere liked it. Thought he was into the edgier stuff like August Underground, Entrails Of A Virgin, & Nekromantik which are sick as hell but...strangely unique. LOL I can't imagine ol' Black Dogg enjoying this snooze fest. Yeah, maybe I will pull my DVD copy out of early retirement & watch the bloody thing again. LMAO Gee, thanks Woopak. Run my fans off, will you?? Haha.
June 06, 2009
aahh...Entrails of a Virgin...maybe I should move that review here. LOL nope, I'll be banned in a second LOL
June 06, 2009
Uh, yeah I think you might wanna leave that one where it is. I like you man & I'd hate to see ur ass booted off of here. LOL Hell, I'm surprised they didn't boot me off of this bitch for writing a review on In The Realm Of The Senses. Haha!
June 07, 2009
They are a bit odd over here as to what is and what isn't acceptable for print. I think a lot of it rides on the title, or at least that has been my own personal experience.
June 07, 2009
Oooooh. A differnce of opinion! Nothing is more of a turn on than that!
June 09, 2009
I think you have a point there. If the title is somewhat sanitized, I don't even think they bother reading the review. Yeah, usually Woo & I agree on movies but not on this one. What shocks me is that Blackshere liked it. LOL
June 09, 2009
I can't believe that everybody reviewed it. I probably commented on them tpp. I'm having waaay too many senior moments lately. As for differences of opinion--it can be very surprising which movies some of us will be passionate about one way or the other. I'd be willing to bet that almost everyone one would have put me in the Pro column for DRAG ME TO HELL. lol And Blackshere can be an enigma. He recently gave a rave review to a romantic comedy in which no one was tortured or killed.
June 09, 2009
Haha! I have those moments too by the way so join the club here. It sometimes shocks me somewhat to find what films others are passionate about and what films they absolutely hate. Hmm, now that's an eyebrow arch if I've ever seen one. Blackshere liked a romantic comedy where no one was tortured, eaten alive or slavishly devoted to corpses. Hmm, wow. This I've gotta see!! Still haven't picked up my lazy ass to go see the new Raimi & I'm still not sure I really want to. Know the feeling?
June 10, 2009
Do I ever. But I'd like to see what side of the fence you'd fall on.
June 10, 2009
One day I will break down & watch it just so I can finally say I've done the deed. LOL
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The enduring popularity of the vampire myth rests, in part, on sexual magnetism. InLet the Right One In, Tomas Alfredson's carefully controlled, yet sympathetic take on John Ajvide Lindqvist's Swedish bestseller-turned-screenplay, the protagonists are pre-teens, unlike the fully-formed night crawlers of HBO’sTrue Bloodor Catherine Hardwicke’sTwilight(both also based on popular novels). Instead, 12-year-old Oskar (future heartbreaker Kåre Hedebrant) and Eli (Lina Leandersson) enter into a deadly form of puppy love. The product of divorce, Oskar lives with his harried mother, while his new neighbor resides with a mystery man named Håkan (Per Ragnar), who takes care of her unique dietary needs. From the wintery moment in 1982 that the lonely, towheaded boy spots the strange, dark-haired girl skulking around their outer-Stockholm tenement, he senses a kindred spirit. They bond, innocently enough, over a Rubik's Cube, but little does Oskar realize that Eli has been 12 for a very long time. Meanwhile, at school, bullies torment the pale and morbid student mercilessly. Through his friendship with Eli, Oskar doesn't just learn how to defend himself, but to become a sort of predator himself, begging the question as to whether Eli really exists or whether she represents a manifestation of his pent-up anger and resentment. Naturally, the international success of Lindqvist's fifth feature, like Norway's chillingInsomniabefore it, has ...
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Director: Tomas Alfredson
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Horror
Release Date: January 26, 2008
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
Runtime: 115 minutes
Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
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