Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Movie Reviews

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Release Date: Dec 25, 2011

Genre: Drama

Rating: (PG-13)

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  • 4
    This movie is underrated. Generally, a listing of the stars doesn't even show the name of the boy, Thomas Horn, portraying "Oskar", and his performance is truly compelling.

    There is no doubt in my mind that Horn, had he been in the right place at the right time (born over ten years ago) would have been a superior choice to Daniel Radcliffe.

    Oh, and yes, this may have been Max Von Sydow's best work.
  • 2
    I know that the child actor in this film is supposed to have Aspergers (a disorder that manifest itself through irrational fears and outburst of anger or frenzy), but so what. I found that the character was annoying and irritating. As was suggested in Ben Stiller's "Tropic Thunder" -never go full retard. That statement was politically incorrect; I know, but this is the movies. Characters should be connected just enough for audiences to give a damn. I didn't. Maybe if the director had (more effectively) placed the audience inside the mind of the child we could have felt the angst this child was going through. As it was, we were third party observers to a story about a child's quest to find answers; a child that irritating the hell out of us. If you must see this film, wait for it to come "On Demand.'
  • 5
    Wow, I didn't exactly know what to expect out of this movie, but was deeply moved on many levels. The story intertwines the loss of a young boy's father (Tom Hanks) on 9/11, the emotional distancing of his mother (Sandra Bullock) with him, his search for the meaning of a key he finds in his father's belongings, and the boy's (I believe) autism. This film WILL touch you in MANY ways.

    The acting is superb. I have a new respect for Sandra Bullock (not a big fan even with one Oscar to her credit) as she showed emotional depth. Max von Sadow never utters a word, but I couldn't keep my eyes off him (The best non speaking part since Robert Duvall's amazing 1 minute scene in To kill a Mockingbird). One, if not the best films I've seen this year. Highly recommended.
  • 5
    This is a must see movie its a wonder full movie for the whole family to see. Every one must see it its amazing problaby the best movie i have ever seen. and what gose good with it? a nice little ice cream after or before the movie it really good take it from me!
  • 3
    I am a teacher and I have taught students that have Aspergers. The young actor in this film captures the mannerisms, behavior and irrational fears with remarkable accuracy. l am not surprised that many criticize the character in the movie as "annoying" because children with this condition are often challenging to deal with. But I am tired of viewers who always demand that characters be "darling" and "precious" rather than getting to view a realistic type of kid in the real world. The film was not as good as it could have been but movies made from books rarely are because the time frame of a movie does not allow for the development of characters as well as books do.
  • 2
    It's going to be a long time before someone makes a movie revolving around 9/11 that doesn't feel like it's trying to wring emotions out of you. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, unfortunately, feels that the spectre of 9/11 isn't enough to get the audience all emotional, and that it needs to push us as hard as possible to make us feel something. Unfortunately, all I felt was uncomfortable. Oskar, played by a very good newcomer named Thomas Horn, has lost his father in the Twin Towers. Oskar may have Aspergers, and his father (played by Tom Hanks in flashback) was very good at challenging his son with puzzles, so when Oskar finds a key in an envelope with the word Black across it, he believes it's a challenge from his dad. He sets off across New York City, by himself, carrying a tambourine (I kid you not), searching for the lock that will, um, unlock I guess. It's sad that such a film, with some pretty great performances, is so contrived. 9/11 was a very real moment, so it's hard to watch Oskar's journey and really believe any of it. An 11 year old marching around New York by himself with a tambourine? It's all a bit too much, and while I'm not someone who thinks 9/11 is verboten in film, this film should have been.
  • 2
    There was something wrong with this film and I could see it from the very beginning and it did not get better. First of all, 9/11 theme is a tricky one and I think a lot of people are not ready to examine it and if you are making a film about it you better make sure it is made perfectly and this film was far away from perfection. I did not like that the director was trying to manipulate audience’s emotions and make us cry at all costs, it is disgusting to me and kind of insulting as well. I also was not a fan of the main character who was obsessive obnoxious and overall insufferable. I have no idea why the director decided to make the main character this unlikable but it did not work and made the film annoying. Overall, I do not recommend seeing this film in the theaters.
  • 2
    I did not like this film and I do not recommend seeing it in the theaters. There are a lot of great themes in this film and a lot of things that work very well and in the same time something is off and something does not work i just could not figure out what. I do not like movies that try hard to make the audience cry and this was one of those films, i resent that and I think it is a dangerous theme to pick as well because it is already so sad and tragic. I also did not like the kid in this film, i thought it was a horrible character and the director should have done something different with it. I felt that the boy was obnoxious and extremely insensitive towards his mother and that just ruined the whole movie. Overall, I think this film was very flawed and misdirected.
  • 1
    I did not like this film and I do not recommend seeing it in the theaters. I hate movies like this one because it manipulates your emotions and the director definitely knew what he was doing and I think that is not fair. The film is overall annoying and depressing and I really hated the main character. I am not afraid to say that I think the main character Oskar was extremely irritating and ungrateful and I do not understand why the director made the main character so unlikable. The film felt insincere and I did not believe the characters and it seemed to me that the director was trying very hard to make the audience cry and that is just shameful and disgusting. Overall, I think this film sucked and it is not worth your money or your time.
  • 4
    I think this film was great and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. There are many themes in this film but the main one seems to be about how one deals with loss. I think that the film is very powerful emotionally and in the same time it is not overly sentimental. I think this film will be either liked or hated because of the subject selected, I myself really enjoyed this film and think that the director did a great job with balancing this film. I think it was smart to pick a child to play the main character and I think that Thomas Horn did a really good job with the role. Sandra Bullock plays the mother who is not always likable and she does a great job with it. Tom Hanks does a great job as well and I can not imagine anyone playing his character better. Overall, I liked this film and I think it is worth seeing in the theaters.

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