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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Review

Posted by admin on January 21, 2012


What happened to New York after the 9/11 attacks? Did the people change? Did the city itself transform into a friendlier place? This is how young Oskar sees his home in this drama.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close follows this young boy’s journey into finding his last connection to his father. Even though it was not really said, Oskar definitely has Aspergers Syndrome. He exhibits many of these symptoms such as a greater intelligence, a loner attitude, and an interest in something that most children his age would find boring. What inspired all of this were the lessons that were taught by his father, played by Tom Hanks. Those were happier days for Oskar.

His life changes on that horrible September 11th when his father was killed in the World Trade Center collapse. This sends our young hero into action. An action that will not only change him, but also with the people he runs into. One of these people is an older man known only as the “renter”. He’s played extremely well by Max Von Sydow in this silent performance. He decides to tag along with Oskar to help solve the mystery of where the key he finds goes into.

While Tom Hanks and Max Von Sydow was top notch in their actions, I can’t say the same about this kid. I’m sure Thomas Horn is trying his best, but it was the writing that failed. Whenever they try to make his character sound intelligent, they make him sound arrogant. I know most kids can be ignorant, but this boy is downright rotten. He neglects his loved ones, he never thinks about his actions, and he even tells him mom, “I wish you were in that tower instead”. I was just shocked. There is very little about him that is redeemable.

I wish that this movie didn’t try so hard to stir up emotions. There are movies that are emotional shocking, but this one tries instead to make us cry. The movie means well, but it feels artificial. It doesn’t even address the tragedy of 9/11 around everyone else, only with his view.

The story is definitely interesting, but maybe 30 minutes too long and too many one dimensional characters.



I'll give this 3 Maps of Central Park out of 5. Not my cup of tea, but maybe yours?


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