So, what's a cinematic shorthand to wring the waterworks out of your audience? Take America's everyman Tom Hanks, put in the Twin Towers and then dial the calendar back to 9/11. Break out your Hankies folks (get it!?).
The new trailer for Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" has arrived and it's aiming straight for your mom's emotional center. Based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer, the story focuses on Oskar Schell (played by newcomer Thomas Horn), a nine-year-old boy from Manhattan whose father (Hanks) dies on 9/11. Two years later, the boy discovers a key belonging to his father, which sends him on a search through the city, believing it will lead to a final message from his deceased parent. And this is all well and good, but this plays out like a quirk fest with Oskar enlisting the help of a mute Max Von Sydow and a variety of great actors including Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright and John Goodman. And something tells us he will change their lives forever.
Yeah, this is as cloying as the U2-powered trailer that debuted earlier this fall and doesn't inspire much confidence. But we're hoping that the cast perhaps gives the some layers we're not expected. "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" opens on Christmas Day. Watch below. [Apple]