What to Rent This Weekend

by | May 4th, 2012 | 8:00AM | Filed under: Interviews, Movies, Redbox Focus

Stuck for a movie to watch this weekend? Let a member of the Redbox team help!

Name: Mike Durst

Redbox Role: Manager, Benefits & HR Operations. I oversee the employee benefits function as well as our Human Resources Service Center.

Mike’s Pick: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is a fascinating movie that my wife and I watched last weekend. The tragic events of 9/11 serve as a backdrop to the primary story of how a young boy copes with the loss of his father. Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn) is an amazing young actor and really draws you into the emotional rollercoaster that plays out on screen. Check this movie out, you won’t be disappointed!


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7 Responses to “What to Rent This Weekend”

  1. Donna
    Posted on May 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I did not enjoy this movie. I made the mistake of reading the book first, which was written in a very confusing way. The movie left out huge chunks of the book which was disappointing. To me it just seemed like a real downer that played on people’s emotions surrounding 9/11.

    9/11 is the real reason that I saw the movie in the first place. I run a website that lists movies that show the World Trade Center in them.


  2. tabithadixon
    Posted on May 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

    i didn’t know what i was getting into when i started to watch it. didnt know the story, etc. i couldn’t stop watching this movie and tom hanks yet again brilliant. i’d give it an a-

    • Currently 5/5 Stars
    Posted on May 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I have to say that i really liked this movie a alot. Thomas Horn did an amazing job with the character. It really brought me into the world of underlying disorders that are not always easy to identify. The connection that he had with his dad was really special and unique. Opening the world for Oskar to explore and to still play a game with his father. Just the raw emotions from Sandra Bullock and the delivery of Tom Hanks really moved me, and that is sometimes a hard thing to allow that to happen. And just how the mother and son coped with the tragedy really speaks volumnes of what a mother will always do for her son.

    • Currently 4/5 Stars
    Posted on May 4, 2012 at 10:52 am

    You have to open your mind with this movie. It’s not your typical 9/11 sad, heroic, survival movie. There’s much more to it than that.

    I enjoyed how the pieces came together from past to current. I didnt get lost when it flashed back to the past.

    I admit I do tend to cry in sad movies but this one didnt give me that depressing saddness, it was more of an uplifting happiness. So, I didn’t cry and I thoroughly enjoyed the twist and love that his mother (Sandra Bullock) allowed him the space to grieve for his father. An amazing way to show that not every parent raises thier child in the same manner. It just so happens 9/11 is the backround story.

    Thought it was well worth watching!

    • Currently 5/5 Stars
    Posted on May 4, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I saw this movie over the weekend and was not sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by the adventure it took the viewer on. We all should have a parent like Tom Hanks character that forces us to think outside the box and pushes us to be the best person we can by overcoming our fears. It was a great movie that deserved more praise than it received. Worth the time and money to rent !

  3. steve
    Posted on May 24, 2012 at 7:50 am

    a must see

    • Currently 2/5 Stars
    Posted on June 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Not worth the rental. The child acted like no normal child would and this made most of the movie so boreing. Also,,where was Tom Hanks? in the movie a few minutes then gone leaving the rest of the movie stupid,i can’t believe Tom would do a movie like this.