Time hangs heavily on our hands today.
So we told ourselves, sweetie, tis’ time for a nice flick.
As we were trolling through Netflix‘ Instant Play collection, we stumbled upon the Swedish film Let the Right One In.
Looks interesting. Definitely.
A quick glance at the reviews suggests that the movie has found considerable favor with the critics.
Indeed, the movie has a sky-high rating of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Released in 2008, Let the Right One In is directed by Tomas Alfredson.
Don’t worry if Swedish is not your native tongue. The movie has English subtitles (we watched a few minutes already).
We’ll update this post in a few hours after watching the 114-minute film.
Who knew horror movies could be so lovely.
What happens when a 12-year-old Swedish boy, relentlessly bullied at school, befriends a 12-year-blood-thirsty vampire girl, who moves into his adjacent apartment.
Will he eventually end up a victim. Remember, there’s already been several gory murders in the vicinity.
Or will young Oskar’s fate turn out to be different.
Watch this fine movie to find out for yourself.
Besides the solid screenplay, we were most impressed with the two kids Lina Leandersson (cast in the role of Eli, the vampire girl) and Kåre Hedebrant (plays the 12-year-old Oskar).
Amazing performances by the kids. So natural.
Even our veteran Bollywood stars are no match for these young kids.
Much of the film is shot in a nondescript setting, a lot of it indoor and some scenes in the snow outside.
No fancy locations like Mexico or Namibia (like our Indian film-makers often resort to in vain hopes of camouflaging the lack of a compelling story) or relying on computer graphics (except on one occasion and even that’s done so well).
Mind you, Let the Right One In is not a fast paced movie with ugly looking creatures flying about or screeching loudly every 15 minutes.
If there is one complaint some of you might have with this film, it’s that there are hardly any really scary moments.
Well, think of Let the Right One In as a vampire movie for the 21st century.
Not surprisingly, this fine movie has won a panoply of awards across the world.
SearchIndia.com strongly recommends Let the Right One In.
If you live in the U.S., you can get Let the Right One In from Netflix (both on Instant Play and DVD).