A young 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.
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An overly sentimental post-911 story of a young boy trying to make sense of the loss of his father. It swings from the genuine and honest to totally over the top and downright ridiculous at the expense of trying a bit too hard to make as grand and sweeping story as possible. Frustrating but worthy of exploration. 3 stars
I can't believe how many clapped in my theater. The film messes with your emotions way too much; poor autistic kid who lost his father on a September 11th. Let's make him the most insufferable movie character in recent years, providing him with overly precocious, cocky dialog. Bullock and Hanks are supporting roles at best, with Bullock doing the bare minimum character requirements.
Huge disappointment. After a perfect movie, The Reader, I cannot understand why Stephen Daldry accepted to be part of ELIC. That's exactly the kind of cinema I hate: self-indulgent and pointless. I should have seen a giallo instead. Instant crap.
A slow and unengaging first half is payed back well in the heartwarming and revealing second half. A bit over-the-top acting by the boy,but all other casts did well. His father coincidentally give him the "key" to peoples heart. Thumbs up.
Uneven and occasionally manipulative drama about a young boy who, after his father dies in the World Trade Center on 9/11, sets out on a quest to discover the meaning of a message he believes his father left for him, touching lives and hearts along the way. Daldry's young hero is at times abrasive, the story at times cloying, but the final act is a true emotional blindside. A cathartic synthesis of 9/11 grief.
Dubious and exploitative, Daldry dishes out another faltering screenplay in this persistently manipulative, sugary 'soul search'. The young lead irritates whilst Hanks et al fall flat, all guilty of forced emotions throughout. The cinematography deserves a mention as the film's only plus point but this only cannot justify the BP nod.