I remembered watching United 93 and thought that it was just too soon for a 9/11 film. I was proven wrong though since that movie was raw and powerful without ever feeling exploitative.
Extremely Loud seemed to be the exact opposite (and I wasn’t surprised given Daldry’s filmography). Even with strong performances, everything about this movie felt manipulative. Every scene was perfectly staged to pull at your heartstrings and if that wasn’t enough, the relentless voiceovers were added to do the trick.
Unfortunately, it was just a wild goose chase full of uneasiness.