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Sunday, 8 July 2012

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - Review

I'd never heard of this movie before it landed on my doorstep a few weeks ago, but after reading about it and watching the trailer it sounded right up my street.

Oskar is an eleven year old boy living in New York City whose dad died in the World Trade   Center on 9/11 - or as Oskar refers to it, 'The Worst Day'. 

A year after his Dad's death Oskar is looking through his Dad's (Tom Hanks) belongings and comes across a key. 


Oskar is desperate to discover the lock that the key fits and sets off on a mission to find it. The key is in an envelope with the word 'Black' on the back so, thinking that if he finds the right 'Black' he will find the lock, starts to work his way through everyone with the surname of Black in New York City, questioning them about the key, calculating that it will take three years to do so. He also has in his possession a newspaper clipping with the words 'Do not stop looking' on, seeing this as a message from his Dad Oskar has no intention of stopping until he finds what he's looking for.

The movie is full of lots of emotion, with Oskar going through moments of reminiscing the happy times with his Dad, and then anger, lots of questions and fear. 


He meets lots of different people along his journey who he shares his story with and listens to theirs, helped along his way by his Grandmother's lodger 'The Renter', who he believes to be his Grandfather. His Mother (Sandra Bullock) also goes through an emotional rollercoaster ride watching her son, whilst coming to terms with the loss of her husband. 


I've now watched this film twice and could quite easily watch it again as it's one of those where there is so much going on that it's easy to miss parts. I was in floods of tears during one part the first time, and then in another part the second time I watched.

I won't spoil it and tell you if Oskar finds the lock or not, but it does have an unexpected heart warming ending. 

I was sent this DVD by Warner Bros for the purpose of this review


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