Some time after the death of his father (Tom Hanks) at 9/11, young Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn) finds a key inside an envelope marked with the word “Black”, and embarks on a quest to find the right “Black”. Considering the talent involved here, this is a huge disappointment, especially from a director who made The Hours (2002) work so beautifully. The story about a boy dealing with grief after 9/11 has good moments (especially a scene with Jeffrey Wright), but is awfully burdened by its many contrivances; the boy’s precociousness is also tough to take.
2011-U.S. 129 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Stephen Daldry. Screenplay: Eric Roth. Novel: Jonathan Safran Foer. Music: Alexandre Desplat. Cast: Tom Hanks (Thomas Schell), Sandra Bullock (Linda Schell), Thomas Horn (Oskar Schell), Max von Sydow, Viola Davis, John Goodman… James Gandolfini, Jeffrey Wright.