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(2010), R [Hardcore R*] (1hr 54.75min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): EFTI, Goldcrest Post Production London, Hammer Film Productions, Overture Films
Distribution (US): Overture Films, Relativity Media
Director(s): Matt Reeves
Producer(s): Tobin Armbrust , Alexander Yves Brunner, Guy East, Philip Elway, Donna Gigliotti, Jillian Longnecker, Fredrik Malmberg, Carl Molinder, John Nordling, Simon Oakes, John Ptak, Vicki Dee Rock, Nigel Sinclair
Writing Credits: Matt Reeves (screenplay), John Ajvide Lindqvist (screenplay and novel)
Cinematography/Camera: Greig Fraser
Music: Michael Giacchino
Film Editing: Stan Salfas
Casting: Avy Kaufman
Production Design: Ford Wheeler
Art Direction: Guy Barnes
Viewed on Hammer Let Me In Productions DVD
If the filmmakers were trying to make a wholly depressing and morally upsetting movie, they succeeded. I cannot say whether this film or any other film is NC-17-equivalent because I have not and will not conduct analyses of NC-17 (X-rated) movies. But if I had and if I were a betting man I would bet this film should be a NC-17-equivalent.
"Let me in" is, according to the story, what a vampire must ask and get a compliant answer before a vampire can enter the house in which the host resides. "Let me in" may also be, according to the story, an unprecedented melting of a vampire's heart to fall in love with a human and let the human into the vampire's heart. Whatever it is supposed to mean, it is a-l-l based on unholy evil. God warns of desiring evil in many ways in many places throughout the Bible.
R-rated films in the comparative baseline database earned final scores of 54 and below out of a possible 100 points. This film earned a final score of 22 out of 100. It has been a while since I analyzed a R-rated film ... and it will be a while before I do so again. At least a R-rated film of such evil anyway. This film was ugly and, not in just a visual sense, vicious and gory.
Twelve year old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is tormented daily by bigger kids at school, happened across a likewise 12 year old, Abby (Chloe Moretz) ... who had been 12 for a very, very long time. Living with he who appeared to be her father -- her mother was dead -- Abby was a loner and kept to herself, warning Owen that she cannot be his friend. While Owen took to Abby almost immediately, bare-footed Abby, even in the snow (that did not melt under her feet), slowly befriended Owen and slowly let him in .... who slowly let her in.
I am not going to spend any time summarizing the plot and story as I usually do nor am I going to summarize the content by investigation area as I usually do. Being so set against this manner of "entertainment" ("entertainment" even that has a 12 year old girl stripping in the shadows to nudity and getting into bed with a 12 year old boy) I am going to leave it all to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section of this report and try to purge the film from my memory. Nor am I going to spend the time to research Scriptures that condemn behaviors demonstrated and images displayed this film. Though I hate the expression "trust me" and do not like to make recommendations, trust me. This film is not worthy of your patronage as a viewer.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Sexual Immorality (S) - 36 out of 100
Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 68 out of 100
Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
Murder/Suicide (M) - 27 out of 100
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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