Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Released 2011


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Stephen Daldry
Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock unite for the first time in this moving post-9/11 drama. Based on the bestselling novel by Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything Is Illuminated) and adapted by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), this prestige drama follows a nine-year-old boy (newcomer Thomas Horn) 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. Produced by Scott Rudin (True Grit, The Social Network), this unforgettable film is soulfully directed by Stephen Daldry, the acclaimed filmmaker of The Reader and The Hours.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    Director Stephen Daldry has taken great care in looking at it through the eyes of a precocious New York City boy in a film filled with both sentiment and substance.

  • 60


    With its re-enactments of that fateful day, Extremely Loud plays a bit too much like one of those perfectly lit, heart-tugging segments TV networks air during the Olympics. It hard...

  • 40

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Yes, you may cry, but when tears are milked as they are here, the truer response should be rage.

  • How could the child prodigy, Tom Horn, be omitted from the cast list????

    I watched this movie primarily because Tom Hanks was listed as the "star", as in my mind, Tom Hanks could make ANY script interesting because of his immense talent. What came as a great surprise was the unforgivable omission of the young Tom Horn in the list of cast members. This young man was THE star of this poignant movie that dealt with a family who lost a very-much-loved member on 9/11. Tom Horn excellently played Oskar Schell the young son of Thomas Schell, played perfectly by Tom Hanks. Sandra Bullock played the mother/wife, Linda Schell; and Zoe Caldwell played Tom Hank's mother & Tom Horn's grandmother. As always, Tom Hanks is wonderful as a father & husband, and through flashbacks you experience the extremely tight bond he has with his son, Oskar, (Tom Horn). As a father, Tom Hanks encouraged his son to continually ask "never stop looking" when they played games and investigated theories. Young "Oskar" seemed to have some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, although a diagnosis is never validated; however, young Oskar states that Asberger's was ruled out. He is extremely bright, inquisitive & full of energy; but he seems to have problems relating emotionally to others, especially after the great trauma of losing his beloved father in "the worst day ever". The movie is definitely worth watching but I won't give any more info about the plot, as the viewer needs to experience every event as it happens. The reason I posted is because I'm appalled that Tom Horn was omitted from the cast would not have been a movie without him!!!moreless

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