The message in the new trailer for Stephen Daldry’s “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” is: “if things were easy to find, they wouldn’t be worth finding.” Loss and grief are front and center after Sandra Bullock and Thomas Horn’s characters lose husband/father (Tom Hanks) on 9/11. The young son’s need to understand what happened leads him on a journey through Manhattan to discover what the key his father left him means. We’re partial to the first trailer, where U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” and slick editing allude to the story’s emotional core. “Extremely Loud” opens Christmas Day.
UPDATE: Warners is finally screening the movie, which Daldry wasn’t able to make available in time for the moved-up New York Film Critics Circle voting. The Hollywood Foreign Press has screened the film in advance of their December 7 Golden Globes deadline, and the LA press corps (including the AFI jury and LA Film Critics) is seeing the film Wednesday night at a special LACMA cocktail party, screening and Q & A with Daldry, Bullock, Horn, screenwriter Eric Roth and supporting actor candidate Max Von Sydow. (Hanks is currently filming “Cloud Atlas.”)
Here’s the synopsis:
Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” tells the story of one young boy’s journey from heartbreaking loss to self-discovery, set against the backdrop of the tragic events of September 11. Eleven-year-old Oskar Schell is an exceptional child: amateur inventor, Francophile, pacifist. And after finding a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11, he embarks on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. As Oskar roams the city, he encounters a variety of individuals, all survivors in their own way. Ultimately, Oskar’s journey ends where it began, but with the solace of that most human experience: community.