Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close


Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close has a story worth telling, but it deserves better than the treacly and pretentious treatment director Stephen Daldry gives it.



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Oskar (Thomas Horn) is convinced that his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Sandra Bullock) and driven by a relentlessly active mind that refuses to believe in things that can't be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father's closet. His journey through the five boroughs takes him beyond his own loss to a greater understanding of the observable world around him. -- (C) Warner Bros


Tom Hanks
as Thomas Schell
Thomas Horn
as Oskar Schell
Sandra Bullock
as Linda Schell
Zoe Caldwell
as Oskar's Grandmother
Dennis Hearn
as Minister
Paul Klementowicz
as Homeless Man
Julian Tepper
as Deli Waiter
Caleb Reynolds
as Schoolboy
John Goodman
as Stan the Doorman
Max von Sydow
as The Renter
Stephen Henderson
as Walt the Locksmith
Lorna Pruce
as Locksmith Customer
Viola Davis
as Abby Black
Jeffrey Wright
as William Black
Hazelle Goodman
as Hazelle Black
Bernadette Drayton
as Prayer Group Woman
David Latham
as Prayer Group Man
Marty Krzywonos
as Piano Man
Jim Norton
as Old Mr. Black
Carmen M. Herlihy
as Denise Black
Ryka Dottavio
as Maris Black
Chloe Roe
as Stable Girl
Diane Cheng
as Fong Black
Adrian Martinez
as Hector Black
Marco Verna
as E.S. Black
Martin E. Brens
as Dick Black
Gustavo Brens
as Richard Black
Brooke Bloom
as Astrid Black
Rene Ojeda
as Ramos Black
Madison Arnold
as Alan Black
Henry Morales-Ballet
as Deli Customer #1
Bryse Gregory
as Deli Customer #2
William Youmans
as Bartender
Kit Flanagan
as Cassidy Black
Jenson Smith
as Aurelia Black
Ray Iannicelli
as Baz Black
Benjamin McCracken
as Benjamin Black
Malachi Weir
as Malachi Black
Kim Rideout
as Business Woman
Chloe Elaine Scharf
as Business Woman's Daughter
Eva Kaminsky
as Security Guard
Christopher Hardwick
as Estate Sale Organizer
Kate Levy
as Woman at Estate Sale
Stephanie Kurtzuba
as Elaine Black
Catherine Curtin
as Leigh-Anne Black
Lola Pashalinski
as Mona Black
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  • Aug 21, 2017
    Set the controls for your suspension of disbelief to max before watching this one folks. You'll also have to forgive it for its schmaltz and melodrama along the way. On the other hand, there are some nice moments, and the movie's treatment of death, loss, searching for answers when there are none, community, rebuilding, and understanding is touching. Director Stephen Daldry is wise in exercising restraint about the horrors of 9/11, and Thomas Horn and Tom Hanks turn in strong performances. Do fathers like the one Hanks plays actually exist? Perhaps not, but the balance shown with bad fathers in the film may strike a chord with anyone who has conflicting feelings about family members. I loved seeing Max von Sydow at age 82 in his supporting role, and that alone made it worth seeing for me. On the whole, your emotions will either be stirred or you'll find yourself cynical, and I suppose I experienced a bit of both and ended up in the middle. It is surprising to me that the film was nominated for Best Picture. Its heart was in the right place but it just wasn't subtle enough in its execution to recommend without reservations.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2016
    With an almost completely unlikable protagonist and oversentimental subject material, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is surprisingly unwatchable despite ideas worth talking about. The pacing is off, the acting medicore and the story is all over the place. Best Picture worthy? I think not.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2015
    Extremely Loud & Incredible Close has a story worth the telling and will be remembered as a outstanding movie to the occasional viewer, but the movie ultimately fails to tell the story of its source and becomes something of its own, replacing essential plot points from the book with Hollywood clichés. Despite the ever best efforts from it's dedicated and loyal cast, mainly Thomas Horn and Max von Sydow for their undeniable screen chemestry, Stephen Daldry fails to give the right treatment to the movie, eventually as a ploy for an Oscar. The potential is there and the movie knows it - but due to some force beyond our capacity of comprehension, it is dished away; instead of becoming something as memorable as the book was, the movie becomes something the viewer will remember for a short while after witnessing it, but will slowly fade away as it fails to achieve an honorary mention into the general public
    Filipe P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2015
    I didn't like this film at first, and I found the protagonist Oskar to be annoying. But in spite of this, I kept watching, and by the end of the first hour of the film, I couldn't help but begin to enjoy this film. You really start to root for Oskar on his journey to finish his father's final expedition. And the scene when he meets Jeffrey Wright's character is absolutely heartbreaking. I enjoyed this film because it showed the audience one of the worst events in history and its aftermath from the perspective of a child. He's not afraid to be open about things and to ask questions, especially about 9/11. It seems like most Americans these days are afraid to talk about it, or act as if it never happened, so to see a film like this, seen through the eyes of a character who was personally affected by it, was indescribably emotional. I would definitely recommend this film.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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