Becky and I went to see the new movie Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close today at the Regal Cinema in Lone Tree, CO. The Fandango website at Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close describes the movie as follows…
“Oskar (Thomas Horn), who lost his father (Tom Hanks) in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, is convinced that his dad left a final message for him somewhere in the city. Upon finding a mysterious key in his father’s closet, Oskar sets out in search of the lock it fits. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Sandra Bullock) and driven by a tirelessly active mind, Oskar has a journey of discovery that takes him beyond his loss and leads to a greater understanding of the world.”
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is one of those movies where you will say “Wow!” too. Seriously, I was not excited about seeing this film, figuring it was going to be one of those over-rated Hollywood films that they put out about 9-11 for cash and prizes. In fact, I had to leave the New England Patriots & Baltimore Ravens AFC Championship game to catch this flick at 4pm with Becky because I had made her see Haywire on Friday. She thought Haywire sucked so bad that I knew I wasn’t getting out of seeing this movie.
This movie did not disappoint. It’s extremely loud and incredibly “heavy”, so be forewarned. This movie is an emotional roller coaster. Part of the reason that it’s such an emotional drain is because you live the horror of the 9-11 tragedy through a family that has gone through it personally with the loss of a husband and father. The main character is trying to figure out why his Dad had to be taken away from him on that “Worst Day Ever” and bring closure to the tragedy. His Mom, played by Sandra Bullock, is also trying to cope with her loss, while have a relationship with her son who is devastated.
There is plenty of heartbreak in this movie, but it also have a huge redemptive nature to the film that saves it and it’s really cool how the film brings everything together. I have to say this is definitely a Don’t Miss It, even if you end up shedding a tear or two, it’s worth the price of admission. It will certainly bring back memories of the “Worst Day Ever” and make you think about the families who had to deal with their loss of loved ones on that fateful day on 9-11.
John – **** Don’t Miss It
Becky – **** Don’t Miss It
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