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Based on the novel by Jonathan Saefran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is about a bright young boy named Oskar Schell trying to make sense of the world around him after his beloved dad's death in the attack of 9/11. When his father was still alive, they'd play a game called the Renaissance Expeditions - scavenger hunts that led Oskar all around New York. His father had designed it so that his son was put into situations to talk to people, and he left clues everywhere. Still struggling with his grief a year after his father's death, Oskar finds an unusual key in an envelope with the name "Black" written on it. He is determined to complete the last Renaissance Expedition to stretch his final moments with his dad. He visits every single person with the last name "Black", and the journey takes him all around Manhattan. Every door that opens has a heartbreaking story to tell, and Oskar realizes that the key may open the unlikeliest box ever, which may lead him back to the unlikeliest source ever - home.

Extremely Loud was incredibly moving. At one point I just stopped fighting back the tears and let it flow. The entire theater probably heard my hiccups. Putting the acting and filming aside, the very storyline about people coping with grief is heartbreaking, especially in the attack of 9/11. I was only two years old when it happened and I don't remember anything about it, but through this movie I could feel the pain and anguish the families went through from Oskar's perspective.

We see Oskar trying to mend himself, trying to hold on to his dad, trying to stretch the time he had left with him. He feels far away from his mom, and carries a very heavy burden on his shoulders. As one might expect, this movie calls for and demands a strong performance on the child actor's part, the talented first-timer Thomas Horn, who delivered beyond what was anticipated. Even so, it was actually Tom Hanks (who played the father) and Sandra Bullock (in the role of the mother) and the supporting cast who drove the movie right to my heart. Oh, and don't forget the mysterious inconsolable mute Renter (Max von Sydow), with the words "Yes" and "No" tattooed on his left and right hands respectively, who develops a unique friendship with our young protagonist.

Extremely Loud is rated PG-13 for "emotional thematic material, some disturbing images, and strong language." Oskar does use a variety of profanity. He says the f-word, two s-words, and a few others. He deliberately bruises and pinches himself as a response to his overwhelming emotional pain. Some scenes are intense, and only because the characters are well rounded and tangible. Yet the movie did not let me leave the theater feeling depressed - rather, the intertwined storylines were all about a journey of healing. The score was beautiful - it added such depth and brought out the poignancy in every single scene. Parents should be aware that this movie is not suitable for kids. This is a PickIt! Ages 15+

 

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2012-01-21 05:33:17 Star Rapture
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2012-02-01 09:30:50 Julian T.
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Reviewed by Julian T.    February 01, 2012

Boring and dull - goes nowhere

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Boring is just that, boring. The main character is obnoxious and grates on your nerves after about 15 minutes. The fact that he has Aspergers in real life, doesn't make me think kindly about Sandra Bullock exploiting a kids mental disorder. There was no acting here, the kid was just who he is along with his peculiar behavior. Not cool!

Save your money till this comes out on DVD and then still be cautious...I didn't find the film either enjoyable nor entertining, simply a "Hollywood" hype-up movie for nothing. In addition, Max Von Sydow, who is a brilliant actor was wasted in this "silent" part. He was just put in for Hollywood Elitism without a purpose. I agree with other reviewers that Tom Hanks was too old for this part.

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2012-01-30 08:09:00 Jennifer A.
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Reviewed by Jennifer A.    January 30, 2012

Extremely Boring and Incredibly annoying boy!

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was just incredibly boring. My boyfriend and I were going to leave the theater after 30 minutes as the story just doesn't move along well at all and has so many loopholes and go "nowhere" concepts.

Tom Hanks was too old for the part of the father of a (supposed 9 year old) and Sandra Bullock looked old and tired through the whole movie. She can always cry a good game, but it got tiring after the 6th time. The Jewish aspect of the story was completely played down from the book and I supposed it was because the director cast all non-Jewish actors who, most likely, couldn't relate culturally to the real underlying story. The grandparents were both "holocaust" survivors, but that was completely ignored.

The whole movie goes off on different tangents, so you wonder what the whole purpose really was to make this movie. You can read and dialogue into the ground, just as this reviewer did to make something of nothing.

The kid in the movie -Thomas Horne has Aspergers in real life, so to say that he was acting is ludicrous, since the intensity, whining, flair ups are who he is in real life. I don't accord him great acting skills because of that. He spends the whole movie either degrading his mother, running around New York with a tamberine, and long and drawn out ADR narration sessions that become annoying and grading on the ears after the 5th narration going nowhere iteration. There was simply nothing in this kids acting that drew you to him, or made you empathize with his character. If anything, he was so obnoxious after awhile,that you simply wanted him to just "shut up"!

The fact that you have to work so hard to come up with a bunch of accolades to justify this movie is obsurd. What people see as so good in this movie is what they pretend to see about the sadness of 9/11,which this movie didn't really relate to at all. The father could have died in a London Terrorist Bombing or a car accident and the movie wouldn't have been any different.

This is Hollywood marketing gimicks at it's best,(next to Hugo). The whole limited release game they played at the end of the year just to get acknowledge by the other farce of Hollywood (the Academy Awards)and then release it full blown after all the millions spent on the end of year "hype" is just appalling. If you want to get people into the theater to see this movie, don't have reviewer lie about it, just pay people to come and see it. At least there would be some honesty there!

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