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Let the Right One In
(2008)

I liked this, but I wasn't blown away. I guess anything that feels vaguely like a new-take on old themes in the horror genre gets hyped beyond its ability to deliver. I found the direction by turns very impressive (certain compositions, the swimming pool sequence at the end - simple, but you have to think of doing it that way first), as if Ken Loach was coming in for the supporting character stuff, and mirthful (the cats sequence felt like it was out of Python, and some of the attacks put me in mind of Gremlins). 

The central duo are engaging enough and, whilst ambiguity of reading is often a positive thing in a film like this (check out the vitriol flying around on the IMDB boards with this one) it's apparent that when you leave a trail of undertainty, a director's going to end up with the audience reading things that never occurred to him (the scene where Oscar is staying with his father is one such sequence). And when you adapt a book you can end up with something that is positively ambiguous or negatively confusing by dint of omission (the nature of the Eli character is thematically enriched by this, but that of the character Hakan was unclear (which meant I was watching his scenes wondering whether his ineptness was just there for weird comedy yuks or it just hadn't been thought out). 

Overall I had a similar reaction to Time Crimes; an interesting low-budget take on a classic genre, but not the work of genius that it's been frequently hailed as.

***1/2

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