Director: Stephen Daldry. Cast: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow, John Goodman, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright. 129 min. Rated PG-13. Drama.
A boy whose father died in 9/11, finds a key in his father's belongings, and sets out to find which NYC lock it opens. The directing, editing, and acting (especially by newcomer Horn, and of course, Max von Sydow) are all perfect, but the script repeatedly and intentionally manipulates the viewers' emotions. When the subject matter is already so emotionally powerful, such trickery is unnecessary. September 11 for America is becoming the cultural counterpart of the Holocaust for the Jews; one day there will be its cinematic equivalent of Schindler's List and Life is Beautiful. This movie is not it.