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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (review)

May 26, 2012 Featured, Movie Reviews, Thomas Horn, Young Actors No Comments

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When tragedy strikes in life we can either run away from it, or face it head on. Then again, maybe there’s another approach. Perhaps we should do like Oskar Schell, (Thomas Horn) did in the heart rendering drama “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”.  Oskar systematically charted a course to try to make sense of his father’s untimely separation from him.

Grief is something that everyone deals with differently and yet at the same time very much the same.  While there is an overwhelming lack of acceptance or denial at first, this is often followed by anger, resentment, and a feeling of being cheated.  For Oskar it was all these things and more.  A boy who while extremely bright, in fact bordering genius, at the same time struggled with many symptoms of Asperger’s disease (Autism).

This movie was not only captivating but mixed with so many emotions that at times I found myself laughing and the next minute tearing up.  Thomas Horn was amazing in his role of  young Oskar. He eloquently portrayed the struggles of  a child dealing with the sudden death of his father. A father, who was not only missed, but one who could not even be given a decent burial due to the circumstances of his death. I could not help but be drawn into the life of young Oskar, feeling every emotion, every anxiety and anxious moment throughout Thomas’s entire performance.

The events of 911 are brought out in a very different way in this film.  Rather than dealing with the event itself, it instead shows us the life struggle of just one boy and his mother as they try to cope after their great loss.

Tom Hanks and Thomas Horn

Tom Hanks and Thomas Horn

Oskar’s Father, played by (Tom Hanks), did an amazing job in every scene in which he appeared.  Director Stephen Daldry’s  use of flashbacks was artfully interwoven throughout the film revealing life as it was before 911. A few of these flashbacks gave us a glimpse of how hard Oskar’s father worked to build a relationship with his emotionally handicapped son.  He would create adventures for Oskar that would become full fledged expeditions. Often these expeditions were nothing more than scavenger hunts designed to find clues to solve an even greater mystery.  These adventures proved to be the glue that bound them together and made Oskar feel fulfilled.

One such adventure involved the story of a Sixth Borough in New York City!

Tom Hanks  & Thomas Horn in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Tom Hanks & Thomas Horn in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Oscar’s mother, played by (Sandra Bullock), at times became the brunt of Oscar’s anger over the loss of his father. However, being an understanding mother, she remained supportive of her son.  She continually monitored his well being even when Oskar did not realize that she was watching his every move.


Sandra Bullock and Thomas Horn

Sandra Bullock and Thomas Horn

The main story plot dealt with Oskar attempting to find a lock to a key that he found in his father’s closet. It was Oskar’s hope to do one more quest which would help him to keep his father alive in his life.  The back story in the film centered on an elderly gentleman who had taken up renter status in Oskar’s Grandmothers residence.  This elderly gentleman played by Max Von Sydow, befriended Oskar, hoping to help him in his quest to find the missing lock and unravel the last mystery that his father left behind for Oskar to unveil.


Max Von Sydow and Thomas Horn

Max Von Sydow and Thomas Horn

Oskar reminisces with Max about a game he use to play with his Dad. They called them oxymoron wars!


The camera usage in this film was also extraordinary.  Many times it would zoom in on Oscar’s feet, hands, face or eyes, aiding us in following Oskar’s every move and emotion during his adventure.  Other times it would fade back giving us a panoramic view of the distant buildings, bridges, and surroundings which at time frightened young Oskar.

“And I’m so scared every time I leave home. Every time I hear a door open. And I don’t know a single thing that I didn’t know when I started! It’s these times I miss my dad more than ever even if this whole thing is to stop missing him at all! It hurts too much. Sometimes I’m afraid I’ll do something very bad.”

Thomas Horn CloseUp

Thomas Horn Close Up

Oscar’s narration about his fears:


The music score for this film was also exceptional.  While not overbearing, it was powerful, and seemed to always match the particular emotion that was being felt at the time.

Hear the music score for the credits below:


This film received an Oscar nomination in 2012, however it was going up against the amazing Hugo (which I reviewed earlier this year), War Horse, and a few other cinematic masterpieces.  Most critics were very unkind in their early reviews of this film, but then, I’m not like most critics.  In fact, I feel this film deserves more accolades than it has received which is the reason I have finally published this special tribute here!

Young Horn truly did more than just perform amazingly in this film. He also gave a continual monolog narration throughout the film.  I have never seen or heard a movie done quite like this before.  This young actor, who until this film was virtually an unknown, deserves a standing ovation for his performance. I for one cannot praise him enough for the gift he has given me which now resides in my DVD collection.

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I realize that many months have passed since this film was shown in the theater where I first viewed it. However, tonight I watched it once more, enjoying it even more the second time around.  I think understanding Oskar’s character and having a little knowledge of a child who has Autism or Asperger’s is one of the keys to the overall enjoyment of this film.

Of course, I would love to delve even deeper into this story but there is plenty of other articles on line where you can get all the spoilers should you desire.  What I want to do today is nothing more than tell you how much I enjoyed this movie and while it brought back all the emotions of that terrible day of 911, or as Oskar called it “The Worst Day”, it gave me a little more insight into the lives of those who lost so much.

I highly recommend this film to everyone young and old.

If you enjoy a film that plays on your emotions and draws you in making you a party to the discovery of an unfolding mystery, then this is a film for you!

To here all the Audio clips click play below:


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On September 9, 2014 the debut EP On My Own by teen artist Tae Brooks was released on iTunes for pre-order leading up to the official release date of September 30, 2014. During pre-order this EP of 5 original songs will be available for $3.99 and will include instant downloads of the previously released single, It’s Always Been You, and the highly anticipated pop power ballad, Lois Lane.

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Reed Deming's New EP "Satellites" was released last fall, and is available now on iTunes

Reed gave many tiring hours in the studio to produce these songs just for you and very much deserves all of our support! You can also order his new T-Shirt design from HIS WEBSITE.

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Sam Santiago just announced the release of his new DVD entitled "In His Promises"! Teaming up with Producer Brenda Walsh and the amazing television crew from Three Angels Broadcasting Network, Sam recorded 14 songs for the “Kids Time” Television program this past summer.

The DVD contains the songs, “Amazing Grace”, “As the Deer/I Love You Lord”, “Because He Lives”, “Blessed Assurance”, “Champion of Love”, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”, “How Great Thou Art”, “I Need Thee Every Hour”, “I Surrender All”, “Just a Closer Walk With Thee”, “Old Rugged Cross, “The Lord’s Prayer”, and “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”.

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Anthony Gargiula was first introduced on this website back in September of 2010 which seems like a lifetime ago. Since that time much has happened with this young vocal-performer. Rivenmaster has his first limited edition CD and are excited to announce that his new single will be released October 7th on many online stores. Check back here tomorrow for the direct link!

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Sawyer Fredericks can finally relax a little now that he has captured the Season 8 title of NBC's "The Voice" under the tutelage of Pharrel Williams.

Here at Rivenmaster's Place we have never doubted Sawyer's ability to take this all the way to the end and are even more elated that he has now captured the WIN! Since our first article about Sawyer back on March 29th, 2013, we have followed Sawyer's career with great excitement. When we discovered that Sawyer was going to be on Season 8 of The Voice we were very excited for him. While he was surely up against some amazing vocal artists, Sawyer held his own throughout the entire series.

The voiceSawyer is special to say the least. but he is also just an everyday 16 year old who we were privileged to write about when he was just 13. A hard working farm boy with a passion for music. While he began with an extremely shy and timid personality, he has blossomed into a confidant and mature performing artist in just a few short years. While his experience on "The Voice" helped him expand his fan base, gain valuable experience performing on Television, allowed him to glean from some of the very best in the entertainment business, and even provided him with a new single.... Sawyer never changed who he was and will continue to be as a recording artist.

While I have to admit that Sawyer's vocals have only gotten better over the years I think I will cherish his first CD "Out My Window" even more now, if for no other reason that it has forever captured the beginning of a Super Star's career.

If you missed purchasing any of his performance tracks on iTunes VISIT THERE NOW!

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Since Nic Neufeld first appeared on Rivenmaster's Place he has grown tremendously! His experience as a performer, spokesperson, personality, and recording artist has taken him to new heights in his career as a young pop teen idol. Nic has an ever expanding fan base with over 30K faithful followers and over 150K music video views! His latest Single "Oh My You're Beautiful" was just released on
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Spencer Kain receives NEXT BIG THING AWARD

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Spencer Kane was honored at the Rock & Worship Roadshow with the prestigious award of "THE NEXT BIG THING" in Christian Music.

Spencer has been part of this website since the very beginning of his musical pursuits and we are so proud to continue to support and promote his amazing vocal talent. Of course those of you who know Spencer realize that he is more than just a Christian artist but is an outstanding crossover artist who can sing just about any genre of music.

Spencer is also a very kind individual with a courageous and generous giving personality. Spencer's efforts to help teens in crisis has demonstrated not only his compassionate spirit, but of his desire to have his life and music make a difference in the lives of others. We are truly proud to share this space to tell Spencer Kane just how proud we are of this amazing achievement!

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It's a NEW DAY and Dalton just announced that his new CD will be available just in time for Christmas! If you want to get one under your tree you can.


Dalton is an amazing young creative artist who writes his own music, helps in the production process, and has become a real teen idol performing all around the US. This is Dalton's second CD project with one previous gem already available on iTunes along with his EP and singles.

Dalton Cyr is Cyriously one of the fastest growing, upcoming young artists currently making waves in the entertainment industry.

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Matty B has always impressed since his first appearance on the web! He had a very early article published to theskykid.com which I read with great interest. While I visit the Atlanta area often, I have not been able to chase him down for an article. In spite of that, he he has been featured here numerous times in the Video of the Week column. Today Matty B released his brand new original single "I Just Wanna Love You" where he teamed up with my good friend John-Robert Rimel who has been featured here and whom I was privileged to meet in person this past summer.

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After over 2 years of working on their collection of upbeat originals and crooning love ballads, singer-songwriter duo Adrian Chirtea and Julian Woodrow announce the release of the autographed copy of their debut album

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Blackberry Jam, NOW CALLED " TAKE 2" made their name change just prior to their last article here.

Rivenmaster is especially proud to recommend and promote Take2's music and you can rest assured Adrain & Julian will continue to be included on this site in updates and in special feature articles.

This long awaited collection of originals will be a true collectors item especially in the Autographed copy version. However if you want the digital version:

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Cameron Molloy Debut EP

Cameron Molloy EP

Rising Young Recording Artist Cameron Molloy just released his debut EP with 5 amazing hit singles. Rivenmaster's Place was delighted to feature Cameron here this past January and now only a few months later his first ever EP hits the online store shelves just for you.

Without hesitation, I immediately downloaded his new EP knowing that I was going to be in for a real treat. Of course I had already heard some of his songs, but this new 5 song collection was one I just had to have. Get your own copy by visiting iTunes or CD Baby

You can also purchase physical CD's on the CD Baby Site so be sure to check that out before you make your final decision.

As a third option you can listen to the full song on ReverbNation below and then show him your support by paying for the downloaded versions using one of these links.

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