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Let Me In (2010)  
116 min  -  Drama | Fantasy | Horror   
-  1 October 2010 (USA)

A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.

Director: Matt Reeves
Writers: Matt Reeves (screenplay), John Ajvide Lindqvist(screenplay)
Stars: Kodi Smit-McPheeChloe Moretz and Richard Jenkins

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I boycotted this movie when I discovered it was pre-production merely a year after the release of the original film "Let the Right One In." I was appalled that such a fine piece of cinema like "Let the Right One In" was being remade, let alone remade only a year after its release. The story was written originally as the Novel reads, "A young boy befriends a female vampire." Sound like Twilight to you? You're dead wrong.

I cannot review "Let Me In" without making some comments on the original film. However, both films are almost identical. Mostly the same mood and emotions are felt as the screenplay progresses, the settings stay the same with the Apartments, the Playground, the Lake, and the swimming pool taking the main scenes. But what is different from the two versions is that Abby, (Eli in "Let the Right One In") is more grounded as a depressed being trapped in a small young frame, where as in the original she felt isolated and vacant. Being a Swedish Film "Let the Right One In" relied on emotion and action; "Let Me In" did a great job of showing instead of dialog to explain a scene(s).

Hats off to Chloe Moretz for her role as Abby/Eli. The acting, as a whole, was drab and depressive, but that was the tone the movie was creating. Boring as both movies may be, they still showed off that a love story between a very old vampire girl stuck in a young body and a bullied little pre-teen boy can happen.

+Vampire Love Story
+ Just Enough Blood and Gore for All the Senses
+Better Ending than "Let the Right One In"
- Lacking Acting
- This film did not NEED to be made. Foreign films are fine; they don't need american actors and the language to match. 

I give Let Me In 4/5 Stars.

 
 
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Directed by
Nicolas Winding Refn
Produced by
Johnny Andersen
Lene Børglum
Henrik Danstrup
Bo Ehrhardt
Karen Smyth
Written by
Nicolas Winding Refn
Roy Jacobsen
Starring
Mads Mikkelsen
Jamie Sives
Gary Lewis
Ewan Stewart
Maarten Stevenson
Music by
Peter Kyed
Peter Peter
Cinematography
Morten Søborg
Editing by
Mat Newman
Distributed by
IFC Films 
(US)Release date(s)Venice Film Festival:
4 September 2009
Denmark:
31 March 2010
United Kingdom:
30 April 2010
Running time
90 minutes

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The best thing about Valhalla Rising is the star, the artistic visuals, and the musical direction.
I found this film searching for movies Mads Mikkelson had done and this one jumped right out at me. Nordic origins, badass warrior lead role, low-level movie, and most of all not a lot of people have seen it.

The story follows "One-Eye" a savage nordic warrior who is mute and full of hate. He and his trusted companion, in the form of a young nord, follow a small group of Scottish Christians to "the holy land" of Jerusalem. But as they embark on their journey they become lost in a hazy mist and wind up in North America.

This film is a psychological poem thats displayed with hatred, blood, and some gruesome scenes of battle. However, the film is adamant about showing off the scenery and backdrops and leaning on Mikkelson's silent expressions rather than gaining momentum in the area of interest. Valhalla rising becomes boring and relies too much on the visuals, which are breath-taking. I'd show some screenshots but I'd be cheating you; the whole film is gorgeous and was shot entirely in Scotland. 

Valhalla Rising is a one-time watch for the artsy movie goer. 
+Nordic Origins
+Scottish Accents
+Mads Mikkelson is a badass and doesn't say a single word.
+Visually Stunning
-Not enough substance to keep your attention
-Terrible ending

I give Valhalla Rising a 2/5.
Cheers to Mads Mikkelson.