Interrupting the narrative momentum and asking the audience to wait a year for the conclusion may make commercial sense, but it also undermines and dilutes the theatrical experience.
This first sequel delves deeper into the resonant themes introduced in its predecessor, expands the mythology, reflects the horrors in its titular “entertainment,” and further fleshes out the primary characters.
Although the film has the surface elements that should make for a diverting entertainment –- watchable cast, plenty of plot, conflict galore –- the gears never quite mesh.
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” is a poignant, stimulating drama about the tragic effects and aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a time-travelling, decorated Air Force captain in this absorbing ticking-clock techno-thriller.