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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'
(Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Viola Davis, John Goodman, et al / 2-Disc Blu ray+DVD / PG-13 / 2012 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: Adapted from the acclaimed bestseller by Jonathan Safran Foer, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” is a story that unfolds from inside the young mind of Oskar Schell, an inventive eleven year-old New Yorker whose discovery of a key in his deceased father’s belongings sets him off on an urgent search across the city for the lock it will open.

DVD Verdict: My goodness ... whilst Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and Max Von Sydow are all good in the film, the real star of the film is the boy played by Thomas Horn. He plays Oskar, a character of such emotional complexity with force and conviction that you feel you just want to hug him at each and every turn of this incredible movie.

A movie that strives to make us aware that this film is NOT about that fateful day, but each day thereafter in the lives of our characters, 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' tells many individual tales, weaves many webs; that all lead back to Oskar.

Having found this mysterious key in his fathers closet on day, Oskar sets out to find the lock that it opens. Armed with a back pack, some food, a tamborine (that once he shakes it soothes his nerves - and yet at the very same time wound me right up!), and sometimes with his grandma's "renter," he knocks on all the doors in the Boroughs in search of the right person-named-Black (whose name was written on the back of the envelope housing the key).

The film combines his search for the lock with depictions of Oskar's difficulty in dealing with the loss of his father. He is rather difficult for adults to deal with, and also difficult for the audience to watch sometimes ie: that bloody tamborine, but his acting throughout is just spellbinding. Sure some will say that the movie is somewhat overlong and that all it gives you is a bittersweet revelation come its end - along with (for us and the boy) incomplete closure, sadly - but some tales don't need a happy all-things-squared-away-nicely ending to ensure that it still resonates deeply within us. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Blu ray Special Features of:

Finding Oskar
Making Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Ten Years Later Featurette
Max Von Sydow: Dialogues With The Renter

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