Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer. The movie centers on Oskar, a boy who is convinced his father, who died in the 9/11 attacks, hid a final message somewhere in the city: “Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father’s closet.” Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max Von Sydow, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright, and James Gandolfini star in the film directed by Stephen Daldry (The Reader). Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close opens in limited release on December 25, and expands wide on January 20, 2012. Watch the trailer after the jump.
The trailer uses U2′s “Where the Streets Have No Name” to make us feel emotions, which pretty much confirms my relationship with this movie. I appreciate the talent and skill of U2 and understand why they’re so popular, but I’m not a U2 fan. Likewise, Extremely Loud looks to have this broad, uplifting appeal—but it hasn’t connected with me at all.
I mean, I won’t judge too early. Hanks and Bullock are the dream team of amiability, and Horn looks solid in this footage. But with this kind of earnest drama, I’m a tough sell. How does it strike you?
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Oskar (Thomas Horn) is convinced that his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Sandra Bullock) and driven by a relentlessly active mind that refuses to believe in things that can’t be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father’s closet. His journey through the five boroughs takes him beyond his own loss to a greater understanding of the observable world around him.