A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Depressed housewife learns her husband was killed in a car accident the day previously, awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home, and then awakens the next day after to a world in which he is still dead.
A troubled young boy, Oskar, is trying to cope with the loss of his father. Oskar starts lashing out at his mother and the world. Until a year later, he discovers a mysterious key in his father's belongings and embarks on a scavenger hunt to find the matching lock, just as he used to when his father was alive. On this journey he is bound to meet a lot of people and learn a lot about himself and his family, but will he ever find the lock? Written by
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Wow, just wow. I saw this movie yesterday and it still haunts me. I can still get goosebumps when I try to remember it - it's very few movies that can make me do that.
The movie is about a boy and his family - mostly his father - who put up adventures for the boy to complete. The father seems in general caring and loving and pretty darn awesome. The dad dies in 9/11 and the son completes his last adventure "with" his dad. On his adventure he meets people that are interesting and loving and generally beautiful portrayed. They salute the indifference's in the human mind. The boy has gotten chaos-thinking after his dad died, so it's a adventure that will test his strength and go off the limit.
In general kid-actors doesn't do that well of a job. Sure, they can smile and be pretty cute, but that's about it. This young actor though, has so much more though. There are only few scenes where he has the mind of his age, in general he seem far beyond his age-range and seems like he somehow has life-experience of a 50 year old. He is a better actor than some adult actors I would believe. When that is said, there is some scene where it's obvious that he is just a kid. BUT he steals the show completely and WILL enter you heart so watch this with caution :-) Max Von Sydow performance is without words, and it just shows how great of an actor he truly is. He had captured my heart, and I cried with him throughout the film even when he didn't even speak a word! Other stars to mention is Sandra Bullock - she has a break-down scene with the young Oscar Schell and they fire up on each other. They make each other look great. However, when that said, I do not believe this is Sandra Bullocks best acting. Her role is simply not energetic enough for her to shine which is a shame. It's only few scenes that allows her to show how great of an actor she really is.
All in all; this is a great movie to see, if you want your heart to pour out. It is sad, outstanding and a stunning piece of art. The only thing that I didn't like that much, is that the 9/11 fills too much. While 9/11 is both a positive thing to the film, it's also negative because they talk so much about it. It could be spared in some of the scenes. Yet, it still somehow is a great element in the movie.
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