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Oskar (Thomas Horn) is convinced that his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. Feeling disconnecte... read more read more...d from his grieving mother (Sandra Bullock) and driven by a relentlessly active mind that refuses to believe in things that can't be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father's closet. His journey through the five boroughs takes him beyond his own loss to a greater understanding of the observable world around him. -- (C) Warner Bros

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PG-13, 2 hr. 9 min.

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

Release Date: January 20, 2012

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DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012

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  • June 2, 2014
    Sometimes we just need the right mindset to watch some movies and this movie was incredibly moving for me!
  • August 27, 2013
    Better than I thought it would be. I had every reason to hate it (as it stole a Best Picture nomination better suited to Drive, Harry Potter 7.2, Bridesmaids, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Warrior, or Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). It didn't deserve the nomination, but it's a lot... read more better than critics proclaim. An excellent debut from young genius turned actor Thomas Horn, in the best performance from a child actor I've seen this year. In general, I just thought this was a good coming-of-age story. It's about a kid who probably has Aspergers, and who has to learn how to comprehend the complexities of the world around him without the help of his father (this is shown through flashbacks later, where we see his father un-complicating everything). It's pretty touching that way, with a solid if melodramatic approach from skilled director Stephen Daldry. A touching portrait of an imporatant story with good acting across the board, even if it wasn't as good if it could've been.
  • January 21, 2013
    I think that it was good that I watched this movie a year so removed from reading the book. Jonathan Safran Foer is so unique (to me anyway) and inventive in his writing that it's hard to translate his books into film (although Everything is Illuminated is one of my favorite movi... read morees). So I enjoyed the movie for what it was but there's no comparison between it and the book.
  • September 20, 2012
    Has to be one of the best heart warming films of 2012. No trash here a real family film. Tom Hanks Role is short but awesome. A 9-11 story that will grip your heart. The young boy Thomas Horn was over the top and deserves every award out there for someone his age. 5 Stars 8-7-12
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    September 18, 2012
    How did this get nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars? I'm still baffled by it. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is about a young boy who loses his father in the September 11th attacks. He finds a key in his father's closet soon after and decides to search New York for the... read more lock. The movie stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow and some kid actor who annoyed me. The performances in the movie, with the exception of the kid, are all solid. Tom Hanks has limited screen time, but he's always an excellent actor, Sandra Bullock is great and Max von Sydow's Oscar nominated performance shines in this. The kid actor though...holy crap. The kid in this movie is annoying. All he does in the movie is just scream in the camera. You would think he was Shia Labeouf's son. The movie tries to make you feel sorry for the kid, but there's one scene where he starts yelling at his grieving mother, then he goes to the kitchen, starts throwing stuff around and cussing out his own mother. Some stuff just needs to be cleaned up and all I can say is that the kid needs to get punched in the face. I didn't buy the character's emotions and I also didn't buy the emotion of the movie. The film has 9/11 in the mix for a few minutes and I guess the director wanted to make people feel sad about the tragedy, but he seemed to be milking the event. That's my biggest complaint about the movie; the emotion. This movie tries way too hard to make the audience cry and feel sad, but it fails. Like I said, the kid was a little asshole and I don't think the parents got enough screen time for me to be able to connect with them. There are moments in the movie that I did think were genuinely touching, but not exactly anything to shed a tear over. I also think the way the movie ended was a complete cop-out. The movie just builds up to something and I actually got eager to see what was going to happen, but then the only thing that happened was disappointment. I've never read the book so I have no clue how this movie differs from the source material, but if the book ended the way the movie did, then I'm not sure if I could even bother with the book. This movie did get a nomination for Best Picture at the Oscars, but it lost thankfully. This is the worst Best Picture-nominated movie I've ever seen. The emotion is too forced, the end was cheap, some parts play out as cliche and despite some strong acting and a few nice scenes that felt in sync with the events of the film, the movie just falls flat.
  • September 13, 2012
    I can see hints or should I say remnants of Jonathan Safran Foer in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close but I'm not sure anyone can claim this is a pure visualisation of the story he wrote. Apart from the fact that it's main character is hugely annoying (not sure if it's Oskar or T... read morehomas Horn that is annoying) and that it, excuse my cynicism, blatantly pulls at the heartstrings for Oscar glory - those I can live with, its biggest flaw is its anticlimax. I'm sorry, but I want to know what's in the box - I know that it isn't what the film is about but break it down in to its simple form (and it is a simple film), the viewer has had their expectations built up, you have to deliver. The book is a very clever idea that is entirely about the aftermath of 9/11 as far as New Yorkers are concerned. The film version is something a little less tasteful than that. There are certain things you can say in books that you can say in film and vice-versa, this film crossed that line. It's not offensive, it's just a little bit pathetic. Max von Sydow's performance makes up for this films failures but only ever-so slightly.
  • September 7, 2012
    The second hour is very good - shame about that first one. I don't think I'd have been able to sit through the whole thing without having read the novel it's based on; while author Jonathan Safran Foer got away with a lot of sentiment by using a complete bag of postmodern tricks ... read more- including a chapter with all the problem bits, most of them gushy or sentimental elements, circled or crossed out in red pen - the film can't hope to achieve the same effect, as it never steps outside its frame... and when presented as a completely plot-oriented narrative, it's mushy and boring as all get out and the first-person narration from a (rather talented) child actor is cloying. The story would have lent itself well to an avant-garde take, but when shot like standard Hollywood fare, the film can't stand on its own two feet. An unfortunate misfire.
  • June 30, 2012
    A very beautiful, and unusual movie. A fantasy, an adult fairy tale. The boy, Thomas Horn, who totally carries the movie is amazing. The script, direction and music, stunning. It took me a short while to get into this movie, but as it went along I was drawn in because of the boy.... read more All of the characters were great, and it was interesting to see how their parts in this movie played out. The movie draws you in, deeper and deeper, and then hits with an emotional ending. The ending hit me hard, and I found myself looking for tissues. Very, very, sad, moving, and wonderfully done.
  • June 26, 2012
    Maybe the story is set to piggyback on a disaster, but its hard to deny that 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' is a solid film. Horn does great as a newcomer and Bullock is quiet strength, and Von Sydow is amazing in a wordless role. The film feels like its just trying to jer... read morek some tears, and it feels unfair due to the backdrop of the story. Real drama stems from people being people, not using 9/11 as a means to produce a tear or two. Yes, it is heartbreaking, and there is no doubt that this film will touch on those emotions that people silently harbored about 9/11 for all these years. However, its not really the best cinematic choice one can make.
  • June 4, 2012
    Its not surprising that i found this movie disappointing, its reviews weren't that high so its no surprising that im in agreeance with the critics.
    You have three phenominal actors and yet they take a back bench with this movie leaving it to the talented Thomas Horn, who did do ... read morea great job, the only problem is, is that i found his character incredibly annoying and wuite frankly thought he needed a slap or something!
    Bullock and Hanks are rare in this movie but they still get a star each purely on the minor scenes they were in! Its a sweet movie, dont get me wrong, its sweet, amusing in places and it is sad however its more sad for the fact off the actual footage of 9/11 not because i was feeling any emotion toward the lead character! Its a truly unsatisfying movie, the movie tried to be an emotional, heart wrenching tale of one boy searching to be closer to his dad before he loses him forever in memory but the movie at points tries really hard to capture that and becomes very close but for the most part the movie fails to engage me emotionally and your left feeling bored.

Critic Reviews

Leah Rozen
March 2, 2012
Leah Rozen, TheWrap

In the end, the movie is about healing and coming to understand that some things can't be explained. Full Review

Ben Walters
February 14, 2012
Ben Walters, Time Out

Less a film about communication, in the end, than one with its fingers in its ears. Full Review

Tom Long
January 20, 2012
Tom Long, Detroit News

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is the kind of movie you want to punch in the nose. Full Review

Lisa Kennedy
January 20, 2012
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

If imagining a city where people open their doors (or don't) to a boy with a key and a ton of questions is sentimental ... then it is vitally, beautifully so. Full Review

Ann Hornaday
January 20, 2012
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Stephen Daldry's extremely labored and incredibly crass adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel. Full Review

Mick LaSalle
January 19, 2012
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

The difficulty is mainly with the story, which despite all the emotion hovering around it, remains thin and uninvolving. Full Review

Chris Vognar
January 19, 2012
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News

[It] gets far too cute. Full Review

Moira MacDonald
January 19, 2012
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

It's a genuinely moving and often lovely piece of work - beautifully acted and, ultimately, earning its tears. Full Review

Wesley Morris
January 19, 2012
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

The movie forgoes Foer's ambitious tweeness and presents Oskar's outbursts and moodiness - that precociousness - as a disorder. Full Review

Carrie Rickey
January 19, 2012
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer

Not for moviegoers who hold that heartstring-plucking is a betrayal of the contract between director and audience. Full Review

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    • Oskar: As much as I want him to, my Dad is never coming back, and I thought I couldn't live without him. Now I know I can. I think that would make my Dad proud, which is all I ever wanted.
    • Linda Schell: I can't make the impossible, possible.
    • Oskar Schell: I wish it were you. I wish it were you in the building instead of him.
    • Linda Schell: So do I.
    • Linda Schell: It doesn't make sense! It's never going to make sense!
    • Walt the Locksmith: You never know what a key is going to fit. There are a million different possibilities. That's what I love about keys. they all open something.
    • Oskar Schell: There are more people alive now than have died in all of human history, but the number of dead people is increasing. One day there isn't going to be any room to bury anyone anymore.
    • Linda Schell: Sweetie, do you think I would ever let you out of my sight?

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