Grand Piano 2014 R CC

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(69) IMDb 5.9/10
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Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) is the most talented pianist of his generation, but has stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public for a long-awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of an expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: "Play one wrong note and you die".

Starring:
Elijah Wood, John Cusack
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

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Grand Piano

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, International, Mystery
Director Eugenio Mira
Starring Elijah Wood, John Cusack
Supporting actors Kerry Bishé, Tamsin Egerton, Allen Leech, Don McManus, Alex Winter, Dee Wallace, Jim Arnold, Jack Taylor, Beth Trollan, Ricardo Alexander, Rachel Arieff, Angie Arieu, Chris Bobrowski, Julius Cotter, Stephanie Garvin, Eric Goode, Harris Gordon, John Hugill
Studio Magnolia Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This movie was written well, new twist.
Timothy W Thompson
It's just completely bland, and all tension seems so incredibly forced, as though it must be explained to us, rather than by allowing us to experience it organically.
Katherine Mansfield
The movie, while interesting at times, is just too ridiculous to be believable.
ahoffoss

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Holmes on February 9, 2014
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After five years out of the spotlight, a talented, but troubled pianist (Elijah Wood) returns to the stage to pay tribute to his enigmatic late instructor. Moments into the performance, he sees a threat on his score: play a single wrong note (or involve the police) and either he or his wife will be shot by a sniper hiding in the concert hall. This limited-time-and-space concept is the basis of this engaging, at times ingenious, and always very chic suspense film which calls to mind Brian De Palma at the height of his creative power in the 1970s and early 1980s (Sisters, Blow Out) and is far superior to the iconic director's actual recent output. The film has a ball within its small sandbox, generating enormous claustrophobic unease and rendering the opulent space of the theatre menacing and mysterious. Wood is a well-cast lead, easily playing the required notes of desperation and fear. Despite a twist here and a turn there, the plot is not revelatory, but it does not need to be because the high style and in-the-moment suspense rivet.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shyguy on February 1, 2014
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I love thrillers, but it’s hard to find new ones that really haven’t been done before. This is a clever film about a pianist [Elijah Wood] who suffers from stage fright since he messed up in his last performance. After 5 years, he gains the courage to go back on stage, but once there, finds that he is being targeted by a sniper who wants him to play perfectly and complete the concert. The sniper and the terrified pianist match wits. Though the sniper has the upper hand, the pianist has the primal need of saving himself and his wife who is in one of the theatre boxes.

Grand Piano reminds me of Phone Booth with Colin Farrell (who was trapped by a sniper in a phone booth), but it is much less gritty—everyone in Grand Piano is in a tuxedo. Also, whereas Colin is not entirely innocent, Elijah is a basically a helpless victim. Can he overcome both stage fright and the sniper?

Elijah gave a great performance. Kudos to the composer who created a great score to go with the film. Also, this movie definitely had a budget—this is not a “B” movie. If you like suspense in a classy setting, without blood, guts and gore, or home video footage, you will probably like this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on March 18, 2014
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Tom (Elijah Wood) is married to movie star Emma (Kerry Bishé). They are the annoying type of people who walk around with a phone in their ear. In Florida it is almost legal to kill them. He "choked" the last time he played the piano...five years ago. He flies to Chicago (from London?) changes in a limo on the way to the concert hall, goes on stage with an orchestra he hasn't played or practiced with in five years and is afraid of choking. Seriously? I can't brush my teeth right after a good jet lag.

Now as he starts to play, he gets the message that if he misses a note, he dies...or Emma dies. Neither one was likeable and this was the scenario I was hoping for. So after 20 minutes, I kept wondering, "Is this going to be the whole movie?" 40 minutes go by and this is still the freaking film. At 55 minutes we get a clue as to why this was going on. I really didn't care at this point, I just wanted to see Tom and Emma die a horrible death for talking on their cell phones all the time.

How long is John Cusack on the screen? Don't ask.

I don't understand the rave reviews. It doesn't keep you on the edge of your seat. A boring "thriller."
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Teslovich on May 24, 2014
Format: DVD
Whoever wrote this script needs to spend more time taking writing courses and/or reality courses.
The entire plot oscillated between silly, dumb and making no sense. Why put an old skeleton key (looks like it would only fit old doors or old cabinets) in some really fakey mechanism inside an extremely expensive grand piano? Why not just break into the cabinet (or whatever the key fits) directly without having to go through all this elaborate, low probability, highly unpredictable caper. Or, just break into the piano. Or, just have the pianist play it at some other time like at night. Or, build a small mechanical device to play four notes. The whole laser, cryptic notes, ear phones, accomplice, murders, ending tussle, and then falling 60 feet destroying a piano and his hair looked as perfect as the first scene - all of it was just, Huh? Forgot, the movie is full of red laser pointer dots and beams. Are the several hundred people in the darkened hall blind?
What wasted potential!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tuesday Dogg on June 30, 2014
Format: DVD
In 2014 a movie around a classical piano concert was taking a big risk. If you know and love that music you will be judging not only the movie but the music. If you don't it may take you longer to warm up to what seems a crazy idea, but with Elijah Wood the film almost took on a Spiderman type quality. The movie was a bit funny in a strange way, if in moments it also tests your patience. Face it, all this is happening under a spotlight in a major concert hall. Is the audience really that numb?
Nevertheless, the production quality is great, the velocity of the story line seems to escalate as the presentation itself becomes more ambitious. And there are enough amusing tricks thrown in just in time to stop you from fatally disassembling what begs to be challenged. I actually in the end really enjoyed this and did something I rarely do for a movie at home... I sat back, listened to the music as the credits rolled out.
#1 advise? There is almost a Looney Tunes quality to this, so leave your high brow at the door & enjoy the show.
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