Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011

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This prestige drama follows a nine-year-old boy 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.

Starring:
Tom Hanks,Sandra Bullock
Runtime:
2 hours, 4 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Stephen Daldry
Starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock
Supporting actors John Goodman, Max von Sydow, James Gandolfini, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, Adrian Martinez, Thomas Horn, Zoe Caldwell
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By ms. Kit Meg on 3 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
This is an unusual film about a boy - who is clearly a very unusual boy. Previous review described the boy as 'annoying' ... i think they have missed the point of the character. The boy is intense and would clearly be classed as very high functioning autistic (which is briefly mentioned in the film) - i didn't find him annoying at all, i found him charming and very moving. Highly intelligent but struggles with people and his own emotions. His father works with him constantly to encourage him to interact with people and face situations he (the boy) thinks he can't cope with. They play games, invent games with clues to be solved - and are just so close. Then it happens - that day. After that the boy has to cope without his dad and this story is the boy trying to move on, trying to cope with so much going on in his brain, trying to cope with his grief. The mum seems to be distant, not at all close with her son but really (and obviously ) she understands her sons problems and this will become clear. Its not a typical film about a child, this is a child with emotional problems - suberbly acted and i really enjoyed it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul H Gold on 13 Feb. 2013
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Anybody who remembers the awful tragedy of 9/11 cannot fail to be moved by this film and I think it portrays what life must have been like for many children and adult partners as they sought and still seek to come to terms with that event and the loss of a loved one. The cast where great and there was real feeling in the way they acted which brought you into the situation whether you wanted to be there or not. A film well worth watching, if only to remind us just how fragile our time and relationship are, and it reminds us that what we leave behind are memories for others to cherish and respond to.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A. Chell VINE VOICE on 26 July 2012
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When Stephen Daldry's drama about a young boy trying to come to terms with the loss of his father was first released, the critics savaged it. Those that gave it more than one star damned it as "Oscar bait" and, indeed, Max von Sydow's non-speaking performance was, bizarrely, nominated for an Academy Award.

Very few people, however, took the time to look closely at the central performance by young Thomas Horn, who manages to carry the whole film despite never having acted before. Less charitable viewers have described his character as annoying, with too many irritating quirks; I disagree. Having some experience of being in the presence of children with autism, I recognised some of the classic traits in the character of Oskar - a precociously bright, single-minded child who finds it difficult to relate to others and who needs the world around him to make sense. In the script, Oskar even mentions that he'd had tests for Asperger's syndrome but that the results were "inconclusive".

There is a fairly thick layer of schmaltz overlaying the film and Sandra Bullock, playing Oskar's mother is criminally underused, but this is a film that draws you into its - or more precisely Oskar's - world so fully that you're compelled to watch it to its conclusion.

It most definitely isn't a film for everyone, but if you think it might be your type of film, it's worth a few quid just to marvel at the central performance. There is a section in the middle that slows the film down, and that's the reason I can't stretch to a four-star rating, but it's most definitely a solid three-and-a-bit.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By bjackson on 13 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
Heart warming and heart breaking: Inspiring ideas (all of Oscar's creations are so lovely - they'll definitely make you smile/giggle)and beautiful colours used throughout. If you've always wanted to visit New York, this film will just amplify that desire! Watch this with an open mind as the ideas and events are all emotional and powerful. The place you are taken to by the end - acceptance - is just right, like a lukewarm bath.
There are lots of very upsetting moments where you'll possibly be close to tears but after the 2 hours and 10 minutes, you'll definitely feel a lot more at ease.
Highly recommend the novel as well as his others (e.g. Everything is Illuminated)!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By daniel young on 12 Jan. 2013
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a beautiful film - thought provoking - life affirming - and well shot. Don't listen to the critics that say it,s over sentimental - it's not but where sentimentality does exist it is well placed.
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'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' is a mystery drama film that released in 2011 and was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (Max Von Sydow). It was adapted from a novel of the same name, which was authored by Jonathan Safran Foer. The film received a lot of flak from the critics who said it used the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in September 2001 as a backdrop to ultimately entice the Oscars in a cheap way. When talking bout takings, at the box-office front the movie broke even.

The story revolves around Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn) who finds a mysterious key in his deceased dad's belongings. As a way of dealing with his dad's death, he starts to search for information about the key.

The movie has an unusual narration that comes from the perspective of the main protagonist, a child with emotional issues. As a result the film feels weird initially, however that is the intention as it coincides with the way Schell's character is perceiving everything. After a while the movie settles mainly due to strong acting from the cast and sensitive moments. The climax for me was highly satisfying.

Where the feature faces speed bumps are the long duration of about 2 hours and the scarcity of gripping moments. It's frustrating because there were so many instances where sensitive situations could've been taken advantage of and executed in manner that was effective.

The acting by Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock are good as usual even though they don't have much screen time. The show stealer is Thomas Horn who carries the film on his shoulders with an intense performance that cracks the complexities of the character. My favorite actor in the movie is Max Von Sydow who is fabulous in an expression-filled role.
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