What’s that, you say? How can I tear down a film with a premise centered around the 9-11 tragedy, starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, and Max von Sydow?
Most directors will tell you that casting is 90% of their challenge. Well, director Stephen Daldry would have been wise to have kept looking for his child protagonist, because young Thomas Horn was extremely shrill and incredibly exasperating.
I had a similar problem with Martin Scorsese’s multi Oscar-winning Hugo. Much to admire in that one, but the orphan kid, Asa Butterfield, was so obnoxious. I’d pay double ticket price to see Butterfield and Horn in the next Hunger Games film, but only if they are eliminated swiftly and with extreme prejudice.
I’m just thankful neither of these dopey kids were around when M. Night Shyamalan made The Sixth Sense.
Here’s a review if you’re still interested in suffering through this misfire. However, I’d strongly suggest a game of scrabble – or maybe a good movie. How about an obscure and overlooked film starring Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton, Stone?