It’s quite obvious that movies are being remade all the time and most of them turn out to be mere mad dashes for cash minus creativity. Now, not only is Matt Reeves up against the popular notion that most remakes are uncreative cop outs, but he’s working with material that just appeared on the big screen less than three years ago and, to top it all off, Let the Right One In is a downright fantastic film. However, when the opportunity to adapt John Lindqvist’s book yet again fell into his lap, Reeve’s attraction to the novel and the first film led him to forge ahead with his own version, Let Me In.
Reeve’s film sticks with the boy-meets-vampire story, but replaces the book and Let the Right One In’s Eli and Oskar with Abby and Owen (Chloe Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee). Owen’s a 12-year-old living with his mother in New Mexico in 1983. He’s quite small for his age and is constantly getting picked on by a group of bullies at school. His favorite time is the time he spends alone in his apartment complex courtyard in the blistering cold, but that’s only until Abby moves in. Their relationship develops much like any other pre-teens exploring their feelings for one another, but Owen soon comes to realize that Abby isn’t really a girl at all, she’s a vampire.
In honor of the film’s opening day, Reeves took the time to chat about his experience making the movie. Clearly today was a very busy day for the filmmaker, so we were a little short on time. I was only able to squeeze in two questions, but that’s really only because Reeves was packed with information on the project’s origin as well as his experience bringing Moretz and Smit-McPhee aboard. Check out the video interview below and be sure to catch Let Me In, which hits theaters today.
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It’s one thing to remake a film years after its release, but writer-director Matt Reeves faced one heck of a challenge making an American version of the fantastic Swedish film, Let the Right One In. Not only is Let the Right One In one of the greatest vampire movies ever made, but it only came out two years ago. Reeves’ version, Let Me In, may not quite validate giving this story another go-around so soon, but that’s not to say it isn’t a wildly enjoyable and astoundingly well-done film.
Kodi Smit-McPhee is Owen, a 12-year-old boy living with his mother in Los Alamos, New Mexico. It’s 1983 and Owen’s only salvation from his parents’ divorce and the bullies at school is the time he gets to spend alone at night in the courtyard of his apartment complex. One evening, his privacy is invaded by another 12-year-old (more or less), Abby (Chloe Moretz). Abby just moved into the apartment next door, but informs Owen right from the start that the two cannot be friends.
Regardless, Abby and Owen continue to meet in the courtyard and slowly begin to build a relationship. Owen introduces Abby to the Rubik’s Cube, candy and Morse Code, but she offers little in return for she’s hiding a secret. She can’t stomach the candy, is immune to the cold and must be formally invited inside before entering Owen’s home. To top it all off, Abby needs blood to live; she’s a vampire.
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Kick-Ass made a decent $96 million worldwide, but when it comes to the caliber of the film it deserves so much more. Lucky for all of you folks who missed it in the theaters, Kick-Ass is set to hit DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, July 3rd. In honor of the release, star Chloe Moretz took some time to chat about the film that transformed her from an up and coming actress into one of the industry’s most sought after young stars.
She plays Mindy Macready, also known as Hit Girl. Her father, Damon, or Big Daddy, raised her to be the ruthless crime fighter she is today. Hit Girl and Big Daddy are as real as anything when it comes to superheroes sans powers, but Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) is another story and when both he and the father daughter duo end up with a common enemy, they’ve got to kick some ass together.
Even as her career becomes a whirlwind of success and more and more films, Moretz still had tons to share about her experience on this set. But, of course, now that major offers are coming her way, we had to talk about her upcoming projects. Check out what Moretz had to say about her fond Kick-Ass memories and to get a taste of what she’ll have to offer in the coming years.
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