Extremely Loud Incredibly Close
September 30, 2011 by USA Post
Extremely Loud Incredibly Close, Let me start by saying I’m a huge fan Jeopardy. When I was unemployed after college it was my favorite half hour of the day, and one of the few times I felt intellectually stimulated. They probably saw 90 percent of the episodes over that span of seven months. Teen Tournament was the closest thing I had to must-see TV, because it made me feel like a Rhodes scholar.
As I was watching the trailer for Stephen Daldry’s “nearly as strong, so incredible,” I noticed something familiar in unknown location in the film, Thomas Horn. After a quick Google search I learned that he was the winner of a nasty little Teen Tournament 2009 Jeopardy. Somehow be an early adolescent personality in the game program was sufficient to achieve a high level of lead in a film that was rumored as a candidate for an Oscar.
Besides my ideas about the child Jeopardy, the film still has a supporting cast. Tom Hanks, actor nicest in Hollywood, Horn plays the father, who died in the attack on the World Trade Center. Sandra Bullock (which in my opinion is very overrated, but he has an Oscar) plays the mother of Horn. John Goodman, James Gandolfini, Viola Davis, Max von Sydow and Jeffrey Wright make up the rest of the cast talented.
However, even with the cast, Daldry’s direction and screenplay by Eric Roth just do not see the film in this trailer contend for a prize. The plot seems too corny, especially in the hands of the newcomer Horn. It seems that he is looking around the city with the impossible task of finding a lock to a random key he found in his father’s room. And in the course of his travels he meets people and teaches them lessons. It just seems cheesy and U2? S “Where the streets have no name” to play all the trailer does not help things either.
“So strong, so close,” comes out in limited edition Christmas.
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