Yet again a European production makes Hollywood look like the strained and useless dinosaur that it is. This is a fantastic production which addresses the story of a (pre) teen vampire far more realistically and effectively then any tosh spawned form Hollywood can.
The plot follows a bullied 12 year old Oskar and his new neighbour the strange girl Eli. The movie is exceedingly well paced with a build up to Elis powers culminating in a truly stunning finale filmed entirely underwater.
That is not to say the film doesn't have flaws. The sexuality issues are uncomfortable but ably attended in the main, however the scene where Oskar steals a look at Elis (odd) groin seems really out of place, considering that there is no exposition on this plotline (which stems from Eli’s origin and is explained in the book apparently) this split second scene just seems wrong. The other gripe is the DVD authoring which insists on giving me hard of hearing subtitles. I don't need telling that a man has groaned thank you! This is better then a dub i guess so my blessings are duly counted.
This has now been remade by the lackbrains in LA as Let Me In, which I guess is my next one to check out. As far as this original goes I really could rave about this film for hours as Sweden has produced a real gem here, take a look.
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