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Grand Piano [Blu-ray]

3.0 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews

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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." In the sights of an anonymous sniper (John Cusack), Tom must get through the most difficult performance of his life and look for help without being detected.

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  • Actors: Elijah Wood, John Cusack
  • Directors: Eugenio Mira
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IIPL0Y4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,920 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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a great tense thriller. elijah wood is fantastic, able to draw you into his world, without much effort. once the concert begins, and the note appears, i found it hard to stop, i just kept getting drawn into it. john cusack is great, altho you don't see him too much. and i almost didn't recognize alex winters, in a supporting but major role. overall, a great suspense movie, not overly bloody, but fun.
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This movie had the same feel as "Phonebooth" with Colin Farrel and I liked that movie too. Elijah Wood always looks concerned in anything I've ever seen him in, the same look that was there all the time in the "lord of the rings" movies. Not happy, not sad, not frightened just concerned. it works ok for this movie, he is a pianist who hasn't performed for 5 years and now does a concert and when he opens his music book on stage it says "miss a note and you die". I won't say why and you hear the bad guy (John Cusack) thru the whole movie speaking to him thru and earpiece but don't see him til the end. I liked it, it was certainly entertaining, so I would recommend it but I wouldn't watch it again.
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"I play piano, this is just another gig. Nothing else." Tom Selznick (Wood) is one of the most famous concert pianists in the world but 5 years ago he had a breakdown on stage and disappeared. Finally ready to come back to the art form he loves he stages a comeback appearance. He is as nervous as he as ever been when he starts to play, then he sees a note written on his music that makes him forget about his stage fright. The only problem is that his next note may be his last. As you know by now I watch as many movies as I can without watching the trailer first. Going in I was thinking...a movie about a piano concert with Frodo, sounds exciting (sarcasm). From the beginning I was intrigued and then it hit me. This movie is nothing like what I expected at all. A movie I expected to be about love of classical music ended up being more like Speed or Phonebooth. It was tense and exciting the entire time and I really liked it more then expected. Overall, keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Very fast paced and exciting. I recommend this. I give this a high B+.
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