By Anna Ortega
A mysterious key found in the aftermath of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2011, leads a young boy on a quest to discover his fathers secrets of that horrific day. The story of Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn), a young boy who loses his father (Tom Hanks) during the September 11, terrorist attacks.
Searching through his father’s things, Oskar discovers a mysterious key and feels compelled to search around the city to find the lock it opens. Oskar is bright for his age, but severely impaired when it comes to social interactions and fears he might have Asperger syndrome.
He always carries a Tambourine because its sound calms him when he is stressed or if he anxious. Oskar plans a journey to find the lock. His plan is to visit every person which last name is Black because in the envelope he found the key has the word written on it.
He is sure the key will reveal his father’s secret and he promises himself to never stop looking. Though absent for much of Oskar’s quest, Sandra Bullock makes a strong impression portraying a mother who can’t compete with the special bond shared by her son and husband, played by Hanks.
Max von Sydow supplies an odd paternal presence as a mysterious mute figure known only as “the renter,” who accompanies the boy on his search, communicating via handwritten notes. Stephen Daldry and producer Scott Rudin have limited their risk somewhat by adapting this story.
Daldry transforms the experience of making the audience remember where they were on September 11, 2001 in the way Oskar relates what he was doing at that specific moment.
Some others said Thomas Horn performed weak, but Horn gave an Oscar-worthy effort.” The film is rated PG-13 for emotional, thematic material, some disturbing images, and language.
This film released on January 20 directed by Stephen Daldry (the hours), it is based on the book of Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Daldry directed it to make audience’s cry from beginning to end. The wounds of 9/11 are still fresh for many, tackling the subject head-on requires a careful choice of material.