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Film Date :   December 25, 2011
Genre :   Drama   
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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Closeis a 2011 American drama film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer , directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Eric Roth . It stars Tom Hanks , Sandra Bullock , Thomas Horn , Max von Sydow , Viola Davis , John Goodman , Jeffrey Wright , and Zoe Caldwell .

Production took place in New York City . The film had a limited release in the United States on December 25, 2011 and a wide release on January 20, 2012. Despite mixed reviews from critics, the film has been nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Max von Sydow.

The film begins with a body that seems to be falling from the sky, referencing that it is one jumper out of many who jumped from the World Trade Center on September 11 . Oskar Schell ( Thomas Horn ) is introduced as the son of Thomas Schell ( Tom Hanks ), and during Thomas' funeral, Oskar recalls his memories leading to this moment.

Thomas and Oskar play a scavenger hunt that gives Oskar the task of finding ordinary objects throughout New York City. The scavenger hunt begins at a swing set in Central Park, where Thomas recalls swinging when he was a child. Oskar, however, is scared of swings due to his fear of jumping from them and falling to the ground. Thomas intends the game to be a learning experience for his son so that he can learn that "if things were easy to find, they wouldn't be worth finding". On September 11, Oskar is let out of school early while his mother Linda ( Sandra Bullock ) is at work. When Oskar gets home, he finds 6 messages on the phone from his father, saying that he is in the World Trade Center on the 105th floor of the North Tower. Oskar soon learns of the Twin Towers attack by seeing footage on the TV news. As the Twin Towers collapse, Oskar falls to the floor, knowing that his father has been killed.

A few weeks after September 11, Oskar confides in his grandmother and they become close throughout their time of depression following Thomas's death. Oskar's relationship worsens with his mother since she can't explain why the World Trade Center was attacked and his father died. Oskar tells his mother he wishes it had been her in the building rather than his father, and she responds, "I wish the same thing."

A year later, as Oskar explores his father's closet, he knocks over a blue vase and inside it finds a key in an envelope that is labeled with the word "Black". He ponders whether the key was left to him or his mother, but he vows to find what the key fits into. When he looks up the name "Black" in the New York phone book and sees that there are 417 people with the last name Black, Oskar vows to meet every person to see if they knew his father. One day, Oskar realizes that a man had moved in with his grandmother. Oskar's grandmother tells him that the man is a stranger.

When Oskar visits the first "Black", he meets Abby Black ( Viola Davis ), who has recently divorced her husband. She tells Oskar that she didn't know his father. When Oskar goes looking for his grandmother one day, he stumbles upon the stranger ( Max Von Sydow ) and befriends him, yet the stranger does not talk because of his childhood memory of witnessing a World War II bombing . As they become friends and go together on the hunt to find what the key fits into, Oskar learns many lessons from the stranger, such as facing his fears and knowing when to intervene.

As their search continues, Oskar becomes discouraged and wants to stop until he notices that the stranger is like his father and concludes that the stranger is his grandfather. Oskar has never told his mother that his father had left six messages on the answering machine and has even switched machines secretly so that his mother will never find out. Oskar plays the messages for the stranger, despite the stranger's discomfort. Before playing the sixth and last message, the stranger cannot bear listening any longer, and stops Oskar. Later on, the stranger moves out and tells Oskar not to search anymore, leaving Oskar to conclude that the man is indeed his grandfather. Eventually, when Oskar looks at a newspaper clipping that his father gave him, circling the words "notstop looking" in an article, he turns over the clipping and finds a phone number that is circled. He dials the number and reaches Abby, whom he met earlier and who now wants to take Oskar to her ex-husband, who may know about the key. When Oskar meets Abby's ex-husband, William, ( Jeffrey Wright ), it is revealed that William had been looking for the key for a long time. William had sold the vase to Oskar's father, who intended to give it to his wife as an anniversary gift. Thomas never knew that a key was in the vase. William's father left the key inside, and it fits a deposit box at a bank, where William's father left something unknown for him. Disappointed that the key does not belong to him, Oskar goes home angry and sad, not interested in the contents of the box.

After Oskar destroys everything that had to do with the search for the lost key, his mother reveals that she knew Oskar was contacting all the Blacks in New York City. She had visited every Black that he met and informed them that Oskar was going to visit and why. In response, the people Oskar met knew ahead of time why he was coming and treated him in a friendly manner. Oskar then makes a scrapbook of his scavenger hunt and all the people he met along the way and entitles it "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." At the end of the scrapbook, the body that was falling in the beginning is falling up instead of down, as if time is reversing.

As the film ends, Oskar goes back to the swing set in Central Park, where the scavenger hunt began. When he goes toward the specific swing that his father rode on when he was a child, he looks under the swing and finds a note from his deceased father, telling Oskar that he had completed his scavenger hunt before September 11 and saying that he finally conquered his fear of riding a swing. Oskar finally goes on the swing, and before he jumps, we see a freeze frame of Oskar on the swing.

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