Release Date and Official Synopsis for ‘Let Me In’

Posted on January 6, 2010 by Ben 1 Comment

by Britt Hayes

Overture films has given an official release date for Let Me In, the American remake of the Swedish film, Let the Right One In. The film will hit theaters October 1, 2010. That’s officially this year now. Just wanted to remind you, in case you’re like me and still writing ’09 on everything.

The official synopsis from Overture Films:

An alienated 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young newcomer in his small New Mexico town, and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood in Let Me In, a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by filmmaker Matt Reeves (Cloverfield).

Twelve-year old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Oscar®nominee Richard Jenkins). A frail, troubled child about Owens’s age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.

When a string of grisly murders puts the town on high alert, Abby’s father disappears, and the terrified girl is left to fend for herself. Still, she repeatedly rebuffs Owen’s efforts to help her and her increasingly bizarre behavior leads the imaginative Owen to suspect she’s hiding an unthinkable secret.

The gifted cast of Let Me In takes audiences straight to the troubled heart of adolescent longing and loneliness in an astonishing coming-of-age story based on the best-selling Swedish novel Lat den Ratte Komma In (Let the Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name.

When we first caught wind of this project, myself and many other fans of the film were understandably distressed. Are Americans so dumb that they need everything remade in their language, toned down and made more palatable for their precious little minds? Why can’t Matt Reeves make another original film? Why does he have to remake this? There’s loving something, and then there’s being obsessed with something to the point of focusing all of your energies on it and ruining it for yourself and others.

BUT, hearing that Reeves is not just outright remaking the masterful Swedish film, but adapting from the source material, is comforting. It shows respect for the material, and respect for the audience. He obviously understands that Let the Right One In has found an American audience, and those of us who treasure it aren’t ready to accept a remake. Which is fine. We don’t have to go see it. We don’t have to buy it. We can sit on our snobby asses at home and watch the original and scoff at the people who never even saw it before running out to buy tickets to see the “new movie from that dude that did Cloverfield.” Scott Weinberg pointed out on Twitter the other day that nothing can ruin a great film you love – not a sequel, a prequel, or a remake. He’s right. It just pisses off film geeks like me. It’s not just that it’s a remake – it’s that people are such assholes that they won’t even watch the original, or read the source material, or give credit where it’s due. Then you get those dumb kids who look at you in disbelief and say “THAT WAS A REMAKE??!!? OMG, NO WAY, LULZ.”

Let the Right One In is a great film, and a remake isn’t going to change that.

I’ve grown a little excited about this new remake/adaptation, actually. For one, the cast is phenomenal: Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl of the brilliantly awesome Kick-Ass), Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor). Second, Cloverfield was a blast, and it left me curious to see what else Reeves could do. As long as this isn’t “found footage”, we’re good to go. And, once again, because Reeves isn’t doing a straight remake, and is adapting from the novel, I’m hoping that perhaps we’ll get some elements of the book that Let the Right One In left out. I’m also optimistic with the addition of Chloe Moretz, who has proven that at 12 years old that she can handle more mature and challenging roles (kicking ass, spraying blood everywhere, using more profanity than my grandmother after a few vodkas), that some of the edgier material from the story stays in this adaptation.

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  • Ben says:

    ‘…nothing can ruin a great film you love – not a sequel, a prequel, or a remake.’

    Very true. Frequently nowadays we really need to remind ourselves of this. You give a very good argument for keeping an open mind on this. I’m still pretty wary, but I respect your optimism.

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