March 21, 2023




Although this film starts off really slow and takes about an hour to get into, don’t turn it off as by the end of it you’ll have a tear in your eye.

If you was initially going to watch this film because it starred Sandra Bullock in her usual romantic role or Tom Hanks in another Forest Gump role then you will be thoroughly disappointed to find out that both aren’t in it as much as you would have hoped.

Tom Hanks less than Sandra Bullock as he’s only in it for what the first half hour.

Despite this however, there acting is still amazing. Less so than newcomer Thomas Horn however who at just nine years old does a superb job playing Oskar, a nine year old shy boy who goes on a quest to find the lock to a key that his father (Tom Hanks) left him before he died in the 9/11 on September 2001, in order for him to gain more confidence and face his fears.

Throughout the film we follow Oskar on his quest as he goes around New York City meeting many people along the way in helping him to find the lock and feel closer to his father.

While on his quest Oskar meets Max Von Sydow`s character, a renter in Oskar’s grandmothers apartment who we later realise has more connections with Oskar and his family than we would have thought. Max Von Sydow`s character helps Oskar on his journey and helps him face his fears in order to reach the climax of the film which will likely bring a tear to your eye.

All in all the film was very well shot and a good watch, although likely a film that will have more of an impact on an American audience because of the issue of 9/11.

Thomas Horn is definitely one to watch.

Emily Pontin

Rating: 12A
UK DVD/BD Release Date: 18th June 2012
Cast: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock
Directed By: Stephen Daldry
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