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Tom Hanks’ ‘Extremely Loud’ – New Trailer & Poster

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Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock starring in a movie together? No, it’s not a desperately unwanted sequel to Larry Crowne, in which Hanks’ titular gormless grinner has thrown over Julia Roberts in favour of her successor as populist sweetheart of American movies. It is instead Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the big screen version of the novel by Jonathan Safren Foer, for which a first trailer and poster have just been revealed.

I’m an author. I need to make my stupid book seem like it’s more significant than it actually is. I know, I’ll tie it into some real-life tragedies and surf on their cultural importance in order to make my tome seem deeply intelligent. Oh, sorry… was just thinking aloud… what we doing? Ah, yes. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the 2005 novel by Everything is Illuminated author Safren Foer, a novel which links the World Trade Center attacks of 2001 and the bombing of Dresden in World War II, tying both in to the quest by a precocious young boy, Oskar Schell, seeking to find a use for a key belonging to his dad, who has not been seen since 9/11.

Hanks plays the dad (“You rock,” he says when he is presented with a rock in the trailer. “You fat-faced annoying man,” says Oskar in response. Actually, he doesn’t. But no one would blame him if he did), while Bullock is mom, and first-time movie actor Thomas Horn is the son. The trailer suggests extreme earnestness and worthiness, not least via its deplorable deployment of U2, and indeed director Stephen Daldry (The Hours, The Reader) and screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, Benjamin Button) are two men who are not beneath indulging in Oscar-beg tactics in their movies.

The narrative device of the absent dad and the MacGuffin of the key made me think of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, although at least Oskar’s key isn’t shaped like a scrotum. Meanwhile, a super-strong supporting cast of James Gandolfini, Max von Sydow, John Goodman and Jeffrey Wright would seem to be a saving grace. Should you fancy it, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is out in the US from Christmas Day.

Extremely Loud trailer

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  • Sheridan Passell said

    That was a very well shot home movie the kid was watching.

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  • Thom said

    Horrible how they airbrush the boy in the poster. Looks really unnatural. Are they even his hands? Typical Hollywood marketing :(

    I’m not sure how old the boy is supposed to be but should he really be left to wander the streets of New York by himself? Seems very unlikely and dangerous that a child would be given that much freedom?!?

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  • JDenver said

    This book was the only 911 thing I could bare besides Springsteen’s the Rising. It actually was very good in a John Irving Cider House Rules kind of way. If they do it right it will be Academy Award worthy. But it will have to have amazing word of mouth to get people into the theaters as I think there is some fatigue after the anniversary.

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  • Gman said

    Saw the trailer in theaters and immediately thought that the kid was annoying. Also, other than a key, there appears to be no discernible plot. Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts can’t save this one. Terrible.

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  • charles stuart said

    I was the individual who loaned the special effects people the lock cut away for the Extremly loud Incredible Close. I own a locksmith school in Brooklyn New York , thats why they came to me.

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  • Sasha said

    Thought the movie was terrible. It was boring and actually
    depressing. Can’t believe Hanks and Bullock made a movie like this.

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