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Plot: A troubled young boy, Oskar, is trying to cope with the loss of his father. Oskar starts lashing out at his mother and the world. Until a year later, he discovers a mysterious key in his father's belongings and embarks on a scavenger hunt to find the matching lock, just as he used to when his father was alive. On this journey he is bound to meet a lot of people and learn a lot about himself and his family, but will he ever find the lock? Runtime: 129 mins Release Date: 01 Mar 2011
Perfect Portrayal of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder Child (by Robert-872)
I have read a LOT of reviews from people who seem to know absolutely nothing about children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Thomas Horn did an excellent job portraying one. He was very moving in everything he did! I know he did a great job because I have two children with the disorder and he fit perfectly between their two levels of autism. Does he have big beautiful eyes... sure. Don't knock the kid because he looks good. He was spot on with his acting! This story has you feeling all sorts of emotions and by the end of the movie we had all shed a lot of tears. And the tears were caused <more>
by what the child was doing to handle his grief and understand why his dad was taken away from him and NOT because it had anything to do with 9/11. My son had lost his mom and the movie brought back all sorts of emotions because he could relate to the child perfectly. This movie has replaced Billy Elliot on my list of most moving story. Not everyone can enjoy this kind of loving and sophisticated story so it might not be for everyone but if you have a heart and have ever lost a parent, I am sure that you will love this movie! Another moving story brought to us by Stephen Daldry!
WOW - wasn't expecting such an exceptional young star! (by estherde)
I had the privilege of being invited to a screening today and was completely blown away by this movie! Forget the big name stars in this - except the extraordinary Viola Davis who is brilliant in whatever she does. This movie totally hinges on young Thomas Horn, whose performance took my breath away. Yes, I teared up at several moments, but the movie does not stoop to the over-wrought sentimentality that a movie like "War Horse" does. Instead, it takes you on an incredible journey and this young actor so embodies the lead, every emotion, every challenge. I think it really honors <more>
9/11 in the same way that "Reign on Me" did. I am thankful I took the time out in the middle of a work day to go to the screening. I hope this movie does well because it sure made my day. Now I really want to read the book!
A haunting and lovely tale of a boys journey to keep his father alive in his memory. (by whitx5)
I personally loved this movie, and was shocked to see such negative reviews. I loved the fact that it centered around 9/11, as I think as painful and emotional as that was, we should NEVER forget it. I thought that the acting was superb and the scenery of NYC was wonderful. I loved the message and even though I was emotionally exhausted by the films end, I still felt good after seeing it. I give this film 10 stars and hope to see it receive many awards. I'll be owning it on DVD when its released. The acting by the whole cast, although the boy carried the movie almost single handily, was <more>
Touching movie if you can handle a protagonist with autism (by tlwest-259-721292)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is the story of a young boy who is profoundly affected by an Autism Spectrum Disorder Asperger's or otherwise who is trying to come to terms with his father's death in the 9/11 disaster.I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, finding it incredibly touching. As a parent of a child with an autism-spectrum disorder, I found the portrayal of Oskar, if very different from my own child, utterly believable.Oskar's attempt to make sense of an event that in the end makes no sense was heart-wrenching, but for me, the movie's most effective aspects where <more>
not merely the Oskar's journey, but those brief glimpses of both his mother's grief and all of those he touches on that journey.I think that a lot of people will find the protagonist difficult. Many attempts of those around him to comfort are utterly lost on him, and his inability to detect the emotional states in others along with his monomaniacal focus on attempting to process his father's death can make him profoundly unlikable for those not familiar with autism or who don't care . Certainly, this is borne out in other reviews.In the end, this film touched me more deeply than most I have seen this year - 9/10.
Quiet, slow, then overwhelmingly interesting (by garb-5)
The film's 9/11 connection is well-known but turns out to be almost irrelevant. It's about a boy whose father dies, his journeys, and a remarkable family including Max van Sydow as the unforgettable grandfather.For at least the first half hour, I wasn't sure the film was working. No action, nothing cinematic. Action, except for a few surprises late, never happens. The movie is about the people. They begin as interesting characters then become absolutely riveting.I saw the movie at an industry screening at New York's best theater, the Zeigfield. It is a small film in essence, <more>
mostly just two or three characters who might have been on stage. But it's shot so well it commands the large screen. The audience agreed and left talking enthusiastically. Dave Burstein
This movie will stay with me for the rest of my days. (by greg-1260)
At thirty minutes in I was wondering who would be the first to leave the small audience in the cinema. By the end of this movie I, and the few others, simply sat with our metaphorical mouths agape at the impact of what we had just seen. A slow, meandering, and with hindsight, entirely necessary beginning gives way to a riveting and gripping story. A story which you would expect to bring you to tears and it will for some but is ultimately about triumph. It may appear to be a story about 9/11 and such was the enormity of that event that it would be easy to suggest that this is just an <more>
excellently acted and well-crafted story about that day. That would be to undersell this movie. 9/11 is just the vehicle which carries the message of how our everyday, minor irritations with other people and our general lives are simply unimportant in comparison to the reality that most people are just trying to do their best in our jobs, our marriages and in our relationships. We are imperfect and the enormity of 9/11 hammered that home. These couple of hours repeats the exercise. But this movie does more than use the day's story in such a simplistic way. Rather, it weaves the tragedy into the story of lives that are already living with sadness and it allows those participants to view their personal tragedies in the context of the much bigger one. To use the "device" of a compulsive child what a performance! forces us voyeurs to focus more clearly on the everyday minutiae which both he and we come to see as insignificant. A wonderful experience...this movie will stay with me for the rest of my days.
One of the biggest surprises of 2011! (by Boba_Fett1138)
This seems to be really one of those cases of you'll either love this movie or completely, totally hate it. I personally really wasn't expecting much from this movie and knew very little about it as well but I was completely surprised and wowed by it. It's a really warm, heartfelt movie, filled with both adventure and drama.Things could had so easily turned cheap and sappy in this movie but it really didn't. Instead the movie at all times felt like a real warm and honest one, with some great storytelling in it and no, I'm normally absolutely not a fan of Stephen <more>
Daldry's movies and directing approach. What I absolutely loved about this movie is that it's being told almost entirely from the eyes of a child, who has lost his father and is trying to cope with it by going on, what he thinks, is the one last adventure through the city of New York, that his father had planned for him.Really, over the years we have had many adventure movies of course but how many of them successfully combined it with some true heartfelt drama in it as well. On that level this movie is already really an unique and original one, that works on so many different levels.It seems that the only reason why some people have some major problems with this movie and are even offended by it is because its drama involves 9/11 and uses its events to emote its audience. And of course while they have a point about this, I didn't feel at all as if it was using it in a cheap or gimmicky way, to easily get emotions from its audience. The only one thing I will complain about was that it kept referencing a bit too much at it at times. Really, one mention of it could had sufficed but the movie instead kept using some flashbacks at times, which were still powerful but it got done 2 or 3 times too many in my opinion. Besides, there were times I even got confused by it and didn't always intermediately noticed that it was a flashback I was watching.I was absolutely loving all of the characters in this movie and also really liked it that the movie had the guts to portray a little kid as a little kid for a change and not one with some fake emotions, feelings and thoughts. Everybody was a kid once, some much longer ago than others but I do believe everybody should be able to identify in one way or another with its main character, played by the young Thomas Horn, who made his acting debut with this movie. But the same more or less goes for all of the other characters as well, who got very well written and got played by some well known and great actors. This movie probably features both Tom Hanks' and Sandra Bullock's best performance of the past years and Max von Sydow, who never says a word in this movie, even got nominated for an Oscar for his role in this movie.Really, this is one of the best 2011 movies I have seen and it also definitely ranks among my favorite ones as well.8/10 http://bobafett1138.blogspot.com/
One of the best 9/11 dramas you'll see, this poignant and uplifting story is ultimately a reaffirming tale of resilience and reconciliation (by moviexclusive)
A fair warning before you step into this 9/11 drama based on the acclaimed novel by Johnathan Safran Foer- the protagonist, a nine-year- old boy living in New York City, isn't someone you'll embrace easily, even though the fact that he had lost his father in the Twin Towers should win much sympathy. Indeed, while we may accept a certain degree of immaturity from the kid due to his age, it's appalling to hear him say that his dad- whose body like the thousands who perished was never found- might just be 'dog faeces' in Central Park, or that he wished it was his mother who <more>
had lost her life instead.Oskar Schell played by newcomer Thomas Horn is rather the abrasive kid who is both precocious and socially awkward- though test results on Asperger's syndrome turned out inconclusive. One year after that fateful day, Oskar steps inside his father's closet and finds a key inside an envelope with the name 'Black' scrawled on the front. Thinking that it might be one of his father, Thomas' Tom Hanks , elaborate puzzles he used to concoct in order to force his son to interact with people, Oskar sets off on a personal quest to track down the source of the key.Equipped with a backpack of essentials- including an Israeli gas mask, 'A Brief History of Time' by Stephen Hawkings, and a tambourine that he uses to calm himself amid the din and bustle of the city- Oskar traverses by foot through the five boroughs of New York knocking on the doors of everyone with the last name 'Black' he can locate in the phone book. Some of the people he meets include a married couple Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright on the verge of divorce, a religious woman who offers up Oskar's mission to God, and a transsexual with a lifestyle too wild for Oskar's comfort- it takes all sorts to make the world, and if each of these attempts turn out futile, it at least fulfils his father's hope that Oskar will learn to be more sociable.Each encounter is also an affirmation of the collective tragedy that was 9/11, as Oskar's story moves those he meets to concern and compassion be they survivors or mourners. The unanimous display of empathy is poignant, reaffirming humanity's ability to unite behind grief and loss. But screenwriter Eric Roth makes this journey as much about the mutual heroism of New Yorkers trying to make sense and come to terms with the senselessness and devastation as it is about an individual family's struggle to recover from the very disaster.Just as affecting therefore is the examination of the effect that Thomas' death has on the dynamics of the family- the mother Linda Sandra Bullock coping with her husband's passing while trying her best to win the understanding and love of her son; and the grandmother Zoe Caldwell thrust into an uneasy position as Oskar's confidant even as he rebuffs his mother. Oskar also forms a connection with a certain mysterious Renter Max von Sydow living in his grandmother's apartment, whose willingness to accompany Oskar on his trips belies a painful secret and a deeper personal motivation.No stranger to heavy-handed dramas, director Stephen Daldry his fourth feature after the critically acclaimed 'Billy Elliot', 'The Hours' and 'The Reader' handles the potentially histrionic proceedings with surprising deftness. Especially heartrending is Linda's predicament- a scene where she breaks down from hearing Oskar say the words 'I love you' just outside the main door after he leaves in a huff is particularly touching; while a plot twist late into the movie that shows the extent of a mother's love for her son will leave only the hardest of hearts unmoved. Bullock is uncharacteristically low-key but very effective in the role, her heartbreak keenly felt through her grimaces and tears.Daldry also gets an excellent performance from von Sydow- with wordless shrugs and sighs, he effortlessly conveys his character's troubled past, one so traumatising that he has chosen to remain silent and relate to others with a simple 'yes' on one palm and 'no' on the other. And at the heart of it all is Thomas Horn's mesmerising turn, the 'Kids Jeopardy' winner utterly captivating as the bright but socially inept kid trying desperately to cling onto the one thing that he thinks will help him remain connected to his deceased father.Appropriately then, the film has been nominated for Best Picture honours- though amongst the nine nominees this year, this is probably the lowest rated overall by critics. Many have criticised Daldry's mawkish sentimentality for undermining the material, but in truth, we thought there was much restraint and nuance in his method. In fact, Daldry deserves praise for preserving both the poignancy and pathos of his source novel, delicately portraying both the effect of 9/11 on a sensitive boy and his family as well as that of the larger community around him. True it takes some time to get to understand Oskar on his level, but the very fact that Daldry has retained the inherent eccentrics of his key character is the surest sign that this is not your typical maudlin 9/11 drama. It is stimulating to say the least, extremely tender and incredibly uplifting.www.moviexclusive.com
Extremely Talented Thomas Horn ***½ (by ClaytonDavis)
In the film "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" directed by Academy Award Nominee Stephen Daldry, we are exposed to a different side of the realm of sorrow and heartache not thought of before. The film tells the story of Oskar Schell Thomas Horn , a nine-year old boy whose father is killed on September 11th and embarks upon a quest to find the lock to a key found in his father's pocket. Along the way, Oskar meets a variety of characters including the mysterious "renter' Max Von Sydow living in his grandmother's house. What Daldry achieves in "Extremely <more>
Loud & Incredibly Close" above all else, is capturing the sweet innocence of a child and breaking it down to raw moment number one, while never getting over zealous in the power he possesses. What Thomas Horn delivers as Oskar is by no mistake the greatest child performance of the new century. Horn dives into one of the most complex character's I've seen created for a child and shakes loose. Horn is a gift to the craft and will hopefully capitalize on this role for deeper, more demanding characters. Horn lives the words of screenwriter Eric Roth and lands every line like a symphonic note in a great sixteen-piece orchestra.Welcome Thomas Horn, the best new toy to grace the Hollywood shelves... The subject matter of the September 11 has been hit and miss over the past ten years in the world of cinema. Only Paul Greengrass' tear- jerking love letter to the victims of Flight 93 in the film, "United 93″ has ever been considered a respectful interpretation and deliverance of the dreadful day. Chalk it up to being British or a non-American but Daldry is second on the shortlist now. Where it's nowhere near as polarizing as Greengrass' take, the film never uses the subject matter to tell the story. Daldry uses his craftsmanship and his love of film to drive us through this tale. While the film at instances seem to get away from him using one or two unneeded shots involving the World Trade Center, Daldry holds his own quite well and I respect him for it. Daldry's greatest strengths in his career is what he is able to get out of his esteemed casts The Hours, The Reader, Billy Elliot . Sandra Bullock has fully evolved into a beautiful and demanding actress. Bullock is one of my all-time favorite women working in Hollywood. It's definitely hasn't been a smooth ride with choices like "All About Steve" and "Speed 2: Cruise Control" but I've stuck by the notion she would deliver on the promise seen of her in the 80′s flick, "Love Potion #9." Where I feel she has struggled the most is her ability to portray a "matronly" or "maternal" figure accurately and convincingly. I found it difficult to feel that away about her in the Oscar winning role she portrayed in "The Blind Side." I never felt the maternal connection between her and Michael or even her "biological" son in the movie, S.J.. It never felt authentic. As Linda Schell in Daldry's film, Bullock finally hits all the right chords and delivers probably one of her finest and sensitive performances in her career. Bullock nails every note, nuance, and depression with utter ease and like a pro. Though not a whole lot of scenes to chew on, Bullock uses every moment and makes it count.Max Von Sydow's mute work is Oscar worthy... Max Von Sydow as the mute and mysterious "Renter" is perfectly controlled and beautifully executed. As much needed balance to an otherwise heavy, emotional film, Von Sydow uses his most effective tools in his acting arsenal to convey a character that is easily written off as mute but feels like he's screaming off the paper's he writes on. It's an Oscar worthy turn that voters should be recognizing. Tom Hanks, in his short time with the audience captures the essence of his charisma that used to work for him so well in the 90′s with films like "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Forrest Gump." I've missed Tom Hanks at his peak. There's a hole in Hollywood still for someone to fill that spot once occupied by Hanks as the most dependable and charming actor to grace the screen And no, it's not George Clooney . As Thomas Schell, Hanks illuminates the paternal light in all of us and magnifies the power of loss by two. When Oskar loses him, we feel as though we've lost him as well. That's Hanks using his tactics effectively. And don't sleep on the talented Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright who for seconds punch through the screen and into your theater seat. They show up and they show up well. A beautifully blended score by Alexandre Desplat evokes the essence of the film and elevates moments into wonderful blips of mastery. Desplat is one of our finest composers hitting the screens film after film. With a great year for this, "The Tree of Life," "The Ides of March," "Carnage," "A Better Life," and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," if he doesn't have a statue by the end of the year, criminal prosecution should be taken on the Academy. Eric Roth's screenplay is very resourceful and completely believable is an otherwise un-believable story. He paces the emotional rifts the story entails and doesn't hit while you're down. He builds the story, giving us character development, and showcasing the bare bones of a broken family. Daldry's direction isn't as prominent as it's been in his other films but it's completely acceptable. I don't feel it's his place to his own directing style on for show. He lets Roth, Horn, Hanks, Von Sydow, and Bullock develop and evolve the stylistic quality into a masterpiece theater segment. "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" bookends in what seems to be the theme of the year, silence in film, and breathes a breath of fresh air into the cinematic souls.