With feel-good icons Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks on board, you know this 9/11 drama will travel a safe emotional arc: loss, grief, confrontation, healing, big hug. The central character is a precocious schoolboy (Thomas Horn) whose father (Hanks) leaped to his death from the burning World Trade Center. After discovering a mysterious key in dad's closet, the boy sets off on a quixotic investigation to find the lock. This precious story line, adapted from a novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, keeps shriveling up against the backdrop of a traumatized city; only gaunt Max von Sydow, as a mute old man who accompanies the young hero on his rounds, supplies the grave authority the premise demands. This is one of those movies in which a child's heartrending drawings, discovered by a loving parent (Bullock), are supposed to provide a warm, magical glaze to the grown-up tale. Stephen Daldry (The Reader) directed; with Viola Davis and John Goodman.
Director: Stephen Daldry
Producer: Scott Rudin, Celia Costas, Mark Roybal and Nora Skinner
Cast: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Zoe Caldwell, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, Max von Sydow, John Goodman, Dennis Hearn, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Hazelle Goodman and Jim Norton
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close