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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Posted by Matthew Liedke on February 11, 2012 at 8:25 AM


Stephen Daldry


Tom Hanks

Thomas Horn

Sandra Bullock

Max Von Sydow

Rated: PG-13



Hey writers of "Remember Me," take notes on this, you might learn something.


"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" is about a young boy named Oskar (Horn), who is having to deal with the loss of his father in the 9/11 attacks. Him and his father Thomas (Hanks) used to do everything together including going on adventures to solve mysteries.


One day a few months after the tragic events, Oskar discovers a key in a shattered vase. He doesn't know who the key belongs to or what it opens however he starts discovering clues and begins a personal journey to find out what the key opens to have closure with his loss.


The story of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close runs really smoothly and is very easy to get into at times. The plot of Oskar dealing with loss and finding closure as well as trying to make sense of the situation becomes engaging and for the most part heartfelt. The film does tend to drag at times though and there were moments I was checking the clock.


Now one part that was more a touchy subject used was 9/11. I don't think it was the most necessary plot line to use however at the same time it did help the idea that so many people, being strangers, would still help out Oskar in his quest.


The biggest issue with Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, at times, is Oskar himself. Now the character was played well by Thomas Horn, who did a great job with the emotional weight of the role for his age. Unfortunately, Oskar can be overly rude and annoying at times to the point of being near unbearable. I realize that he was a bit more disturbed then the average child however there were points where he really took things too far.


The supporting cast was solid in the film, Sandra Bullock for example gives a wonderful performance that is more oscar worthy than what she did in the "Blind Side." The most brilliant part of the film though is the mute character just called "The Renter," who is renting a room from Oskar's grandmother. Max Von Sydow was fantastic in this part, bringing out a lot of emotion through his expressions.


"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" is a pretty solid film, and has some powerful moments. The acting is good, however Oskar's character really didn't help the film at times and I think the run time could be cut down a bit too. High 3 out of 5.

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