Saturday, May 23, 2015

Some nights ago, I watched the movie Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. I attempted to watch this movie a few years ago but I gave up halfway. This movie had an interesting premise about a borderline autistic boy coming to terms with the death of his father on 9/11. 

Theoretically, if the sun explodes, we would know about it only 8 minutes later, because that is how long it takes for the light from the sun to reach us. His dad had passed on, and he felt that he was losing his last 8 minutes with his father.

He stretches this by undertaking a mission to find a missing lock after stumbling on a key his dad kept in his closet. He thought that his dad made him a puzzle to solve, so he searches for reconciliation through this mission.

In his journey, he found that everyone he met had lost something and they empathized with him losing his father. He was determined in finding the lock, that he wasn't going to let anyone stop him, much less himself. Here, he found courage and perseverance to face the things he was afraid of.

It was difficult to understand why a man would bomb a building, and kill his dad, why someone who speaks to god didn't tell god to save her own son and to not let planes fly into buildings, why a man had a coin collection but barely had money to eat.

In the end, he finds the lock, but it wasn't the reconciliation he had hoped for. He was disappointed, but he was grateful because having disappointment was better than having nothing. He accepts his father's passing and knows that his father would be proud of him learning to live without his father. Finally, he found reason. 

We all come to terms with endings in different ways. Perhaps, a deeper catharsis is a better premise for reconciliation if it is met with emotional logic. Daft punk taught me technologic, but emotional logic, I'm not so sure who preaches it. 

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