"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" (PG-13) Format: DVD and Blu-ray
If you're hesitant to see "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" because you've heard it's a movie about 9/11, give it another look.
Yes, the 9-year-old boy who is the film's central character has lost his father, who was in the World Trade Center during the terrorist attacks on 9/11. And, yes, the movie contains brief flashbacks that revisit key events on that awful day.
But that's not really what the movie is about.
And if you're thinking it's probably a downer, think again. The message of director Stephen Daldry's movie, based on Jonathan Safran Foer's novel, is full of hope, heart and humanity.
Not that there aren't sad and painful moments along the way.
The story is told through the eyes of the clever boy, Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn, in a remarkable first movie appearance). Oskar is coping in the aftermath of his father's death the only way he knows how. He needs to make sense of it. And his grief-stricken mother (Sandra Bullock) cannot seem to help.
Oskar finds a key his dad (Tom Hanks) left behind. Since the two often went on adventures together, solving mysteries his dad invented, Oskar is sure the key will lead him to a message from his dad, if he can just find the lock it fits into.
Since Oskar has a borderline case of Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism, the search all over New York City becomes an obsession, elaborately organized and documented.
It's a lonely enterprise until he connects with his grandmother's renter (Max von Sydow), a mute man of some mystery who tags along for much of the picture.
You have to be patient for the payoff this story holds. It will come. As it gets closer, Oskar takes us back to what he calls "the worst day" more often.
And when it comes, if you're like me, you may find that "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is about working through grief to rejoin the living.
Or that it's about a basic decency, a humanity that opens the doors and hearts of strangers to a boy trying to get past the pain. About the tie that binds us all.
Or that it's about facing your worst fears to get the answers you need, then finding that the answers don't matter as much as the journey to find them.
— World-Herald staff writer Bob Fischbach
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