Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) Review


This movie is about a 9 year old boy who tries and prolong the memory of his father by holding on to the 8 minutes of video messages his dad left behind the day he died in the 9/11 incident. The young boy is played by Thomas Horn who really depicts the feelings of his character with such intensity and precision that it just makes you absorbed in his performance.

Also I think he (his character) has some sort of disorder but the movie doesn’t really say. I havn’t read the book and didn’t actually realize it was based on a book until like 5 minutes ago. Anyways, Sandra Bullock too starred in this movie and though she doesn’t get much screen time, she portrayed the part of a drifted mother perfectly and showed the difficulties her character faced on the spot. -Tom Hanks was the father and did a good job too.

What made the movie really effective was the way they showed the feelings of the boy protagonist through P.O.V. shots. There was this one scene when he was in the bathroom and his mother was calling him to open the door but he had some kind of episode and covered his ears and the shots then with the close ups of the sounds he was hearing was really effective and told the audience exactly how he felt. Another aspect that made the movie effective was the juxtaposition of the boy and flashbacks of his father. This served as a constant reminder to the audience that this boy is hung up on his father’s death and that that is all he thinks about.

This movie can be linked to Joseph Campbell’s, ‘A Hero’s Journey’ recipe. The  protagonist’s journey starts when he goes in search for a person named ‘Black’ whom he thinks had connections with his father and this is when he enters the labyrinth. And at the end he comes out of it a little lighter, and though the results of his search did not relate to his father, he helped another person and in a way that helped him to let go of his father.

A truly moving and inspiring story of death and moving on in the perspective of a young boy, which makes it all the more powerful.

Awhile ago, I was thinking that they were no movies that suited my fancy and that movies were getting boring as they did not spike my interest, however this year has started out with me rating a lot of films 4/5. This being no exception.

I rate this movie 4 out of 5 stars.

Have you watched ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’? Rate it out of 5 stars above!

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