A second trailer for “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” — the adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel that stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and former “Jeopardy” champ Thomas Horn — is designed to bring tears to your eyes.
Unlike the first clip, an uplifter largely set to the tune of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name,” the new preview hits the story’s 9/11 theme hard. In one scene, Bullock speaks via phone to her husband (played by Hanks) as the Twin Towers are in flames. “You listen to me, and you come home,” she says, her voice breaking. It’s heart-wrenching and nearly impossible to watch without a tissue handy.
From an awards season perspective, it’s also intriguing. Because “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” has not screened widely yet, it’s been left out of the major critics awards so far. But given its stars, its director and the emotional, weighty nature of its plot — about a son coping with his dad’s death by searching for the lock that will fit the key his father left behind, a device that may remind some moviegoers of “Hugo” — “Extremely Loud” still strikes me as the sort of film that could emerge at the tail end of the year as a very strong best picture contender.
Watch the clip below and see what you think.