Lite’s Review Room – Weekend Movies: ‘Haywire’ & ‘Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close’

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It’s Thursday and that means tomorrow we can begin looking forward to the weekend and another trip to the box office.  This week a few movies that have everything you’re looking for in the way sentiment and exciting action.

It’s not a weekend for the kiddos this week with 4 movies all geared told the adult audience.  We’ll let our Queen of the Silver Screen and DFW Film Critics Association memeber Julie Fisk tell you about our first two:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close:

First, there’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” starring Thomas Horn as a boy coping with the loss of his Father in the 9/11 attacks.

Thomas Horn has never acted before. He got Director Stephen Daldry’s attention while winning “Jeopardy: Kid’s Week,” yet here he is, holding his own with Oscar winners Tom Hanks & Sandra Bullock. Thomas plays Oskar, who may or may not have Aspergers but he definitely has unconventional methods for coping with the death of his Dad.

Prepare yourself & bring extra tissues because this film exploits September 11th with reckless abandon. It revisits many of those awful images and even worse, sees them through the eyes of a grieving child. 

Despite this, I was so moved by Thomas Horn’s performance that I have to give “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” a B. I’m still amazed that this child, who has never acted before, could access those painful emotions.

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