DVD review: An ‘Extremely’ timid take on 9/11 grief
Published: March 27, 2012 09:46AM
Updated: May 1, 2012 11:32AM
In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Thomas Horn portrays as Oskar Schell and Tom Hanks portrays Thomas Schell in a scene from "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close ." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, François Duhamel)

Grade: C

DVD •The overwhelming grief of the 9/11 attacks is diminished in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” director Stephen Daldry’s too-precious adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel.

Nine-year-old Oskar (Thomas Horn) is trying to make sense of the death of his father (Tom Hanks, miscast as a Russian-Jewish jeweler) in the World Trade Center, taking a key Dad left behind and searching New York City to find the lock into which it fits. Performances by Sandra Bullock (as Oskar’s mom) and Max Von Sydow (as a mute tenant of his grandmother’s apartment) do little to raise Daldry’s cloying handling of a story that treats the unique events of 9/11 as a garden-variety tragedy.

Sean P. Means

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