By Steve Farace
This is going to be a tough one for anyone that was directly impacted by the tragic events of 9/11/01.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close does a lot of things well. It paints a very detailed picture of what it was like for a family that was directly impacted on that horrific day. Obviously those of us that were not directly impacted that day will never actually know what it felt like, but this movie does a good job of getting you to imagine what it was like. It brings you back to when it happened and it makes you think about how random that act of terrorism really was and there were no specific targets that day. Some people were working at the World Trade Center and some people like Thomas Schell (played by Tom Hanks) were simply there for a meeting.
For the most part, Thomas Horn (Oskar Schell) does a good job carrying this one. Though Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock are both in this film, they are not in it much. You are used to these two carrying the films that they are in, but they take a backseat in this one. There were times, however, when I felt that Horn’s character was simply speaking too much, but it wasn’t enough to ruin any aspect of the film for me.
Oskar is a fact finding child that learned that nothing good comes easy from his father. Hi biggest fact finding mission was to find clues that there was indeed a sixth borough as his Dad had claimed. Along the way, 9/11 happens and Oskar is left alone to find the clues needed. When Oskar finally got the courage to step into his fathers closet and go through his things for the first time since 9/11, he finds a key and the rest of the movie is spent trying to find the lock that they key fits.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is an emotion filled roller coaster of a movie that will meet your expectations. It is a story that will bring you back in time to relive that horrible day.
Final Word – 3 ½ Stars