Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (DVD)
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Oscar® winners Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock unite for the first time in this moving post-9/11 drama. Based on the bestselling novel by Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything Is Illuminated) and adapted by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), this prestige drama follows a nine-year-old boy (newcomer Thomas Horn) who finds a mysterious key that once belonged to his father, a victim of the September 11th terrorist attacks. With childhood determination and inventiveness, the boy sets out on a quest to find what secrets the key unlocks as well as make sense of the loss of his father. Produced by Scott Rudin (True Grit, The Social Network), this unforgettable film is soulfully directed by Stephen Daldry, the acclaimed filmmaker of The Reader and The Hours.]]>
The journey to find a young actor who could take on the most important role of the film, Oskar Schell. We look at the demands Thomas Horn faced, and the challenges this first-time actor had to overcome as he became a Best Actor nominee. Told through interviews from cast and crew along with film and b-roll footage.
Top Customer Reviews
And I'm so very glad we did. Everyone is predictably excellent. The story is beautifully done, and at the same time simple and deeply layered. The child actor makes you believe he is dealing with the personal problems of the child character. These problems would be unique and difficult enough, if they did not also include the loss of an incredible father under horrific circumstances, and you share the pain of this family of grandmother, mother and son, while the story is told from so many different directions. Being one of those who cry at Hallmark commercials, I am always loathe to see any movie or play or read any book that wants to make me cry. But this movie is not like that. I did just fine throughout the entire story, experiencing it intensely but dry-eyed. Until the end.Read more ›
EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE is based upon a 2005 novel by Jonathan Foer. I've not read the novel, so I can't compare the movie to the book.Read more ›
Ambitious in concept, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is the love story of a troubled boy whose bond with his father transcends death and events beyond his understanding. Director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliott, The Hours) has put together an interesting study in post trauma and rediscovery. It doesn't always work, but it still registers on an emotional level.
A funeral signals the death of a family member and a boy's alienation to the world. In flashbacks, Oskar (Thomas Horn), who has trouble communicating and may have Asperger Syndrome, adores his father (Tom Hanks) who challenges him with riddles and treasure hunts to meet people outside his apartment. Both father and mother (Sandra Bullock) are loving parents, and the world becomes an interesting laboratory for exploration and discovery. Life is idyllic until 9/11 when everything changes and Oskar is witness to his father's last moments trapped in one of the Twin Towers. A year later, looking in his father's closet, he discovers a key in an envelope with the letters `black'. Who or what does the key belong to? Oskar sets out to find out by systematically tracking down every `Black' in the phone book and visiting each person for a clue. This big scavenger hunt is at best a daunting task.
His grandmother who lives across the street has a mysterious renter (Max Von Sydow) who does not speak and can only communicate by jotting on a note pad or displaying `yes' and `no' written on each hand. The renter takes a liking to Oskar and accompanies him on his quest. This is a search that proves overwhelming as each person they find has a story too.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I watched this after reading Jonathan Foer's book by the same name and was not disappointed. A beautiful film.Published 14 days ago by Daria
I have never seen nor heard of this movie, I simply ordered it because Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock were starring in the movie. WOW! I was in for a surprise! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bebeanne Harvey
Great 9/11 movie. There are many stars in this film..Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock! The boy who plays their son is also great. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary Ann E.
Heartwarming tale of a boy facing the sudden loss of his father, enjoyed the movie, also the extra bonus of having two of our favorite actors Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in it! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nicolow
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