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Grand Piano [DVD]

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  • Actors: Elijah Wood, John Cusack, Kerry Bishé, Tamsin Egerton, Allen Leech
  • Directors: Eugenio Mira
  • Producers: Rodrigo Cortés, Adrián Guerra
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Icon
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct. 2014
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00LUNV2GW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,753 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Eugenio Mira directs this thriller starring Elijah Wood, John Cusack and Kerry Bishé. Tom Selznick (Wood) is the most talented concert pianist of his generation. However, lately Tom's career has stalled due to crippling bouts of stage fright, which interfere with his ability to perform at the highest level. After seeking help for his issues, Tom returns to the stage for a sold out comeback performance, supported by his wife Emma (Bishé). All is going well until Tom turns the page on his sheet music and finds a threatening message scrawled there. Soon, via an earpiece, Tom is put in touch with his tormenter, Clem (Cusack). Clem assures him that he has a high-powered rifle trained on him and will open fire if Tom hits one wrong note. How will the virtuoso cope under a very different kind of performance pressure?

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This was not as good as I thought it would be! It seemed lacking in plot, execution, and sheer thrill. A lot more could have been made of the idea. Whilst watchable you come away unmoved and disappointed!
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Wood stars as a little pianist who had stage fright a few years ago and now he's back in a comeback gig that means everything to him.

Along for the ride is his wife, who is famous in her own profession, and two friends who are in the audience. The thing is, when he opens his sheet music, instead of getting a fantastic symphony, he gets death threats from someone in the audience who is pointing a gun at him.

And if he doesn't do as he's told, he, and his wife, will be shot at Grosse Point Blank range....

Despite the high concept, it's been done before, and Phone Booth was over the top, and flashily edited, and was bonkers, thanks to Joel Schumacher, but it was entertaining, and was mercifully short.

This has Elijah Wood, woefully miscast as a grand piano master, and features him on the phone to John Cusack, and the rest of the primary cast trying to avoid Alex Winter, who is backstage looking for Keanu.

Its perfunctory stuff, predictable, but not unwatchable.

It just leaves a nasty taste in your mouth, that makes you think that Phone Booth was only good for a lesser class.

At least that has an element of knowing absurdity, this is just absurd. For more evidence, see Wood playing a broken piano with a broken leg on the back of a truck in this.
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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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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Feb. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The late, great Alfred Hitchcock had a rather laissez-faire attitude towards plausibility. He argued that no fictional story could hold up to logical plausibility, and even lamented, “Must a picture be logical, when life is not?”

That might as well be the motto of "Grand Piano," which Hitchcock might have enjoyed watching. Imagine if Brian de Palma made a classical-music version of "Phone Booth" -- while it has a ridiculously implausible conceit at its heart, director Eugenio Mira keeps it harrowing with an ever-expanding cloud of bloodless suspense and a magnificent pair of lead performances.

Five years ago, pianist Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) choked while playing a very difficult piece. Now he's making his grand comeback with the Philharmonic, on the piano of his late mentor... and he's almost paralyzed with stage fright. It doesn't help that everybody he meets just HAS to remind him of his past screw-up. But as he begins playing, he finds a message scrawled on his notes: "Play one wrong note and you DIE."

And no, it's not a method for overcoming his nerves -- a mysterious man (John Cusack) is truly threatening to kill him and/or his movie-star wife Emma (Kerry Bishé) if he gets ANYTHING wrong, or tries to alert anyone of the threat.

As the evening winds on, the prospective killer speaks to Tom through a bluetooth headpiece, slowly revealing why he wants every note to be perfect. And Tom learns that anyone who crosses this mysterious person will end up dead, even if they have no idea what is going on. Now he must overcome a fear more intense than any stage fright, and find some way of stopping the madman without getting killed...

The weakest part of "Grand Piano" is probably the central conceit.
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It's one of those films you keep watching, hoping it will get better. It doesn't. The actors have little to do. 80% of the screen time is devoted to Elijah looking stressed. The frustration of 'stop playing along and talking to the nutter' left me writing reviews of previously purchased items on my Amazon account as something to while away the (mercifully short) running time in case it did improve. The only positives are the orchestra, and Elijah's wife sings a nice song.
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Wonderfully riveting from start to finish. A mad, highly unlikely plot -- but it doesn't matter -- so are the plots of Hitchcock's North By North West, Stage Fright and The Man Who Knew Too Much, to which certain aspects of the film bear resemblance. This is a stylish and stylised thriller in the manner of Hitchcock, of which I do believe Hitchcock would have approved. (Wonder if the name 'Selznick' given to the Elijah Wood character is not a conscious tribute to Selznick, the Hollywood producer, who produced several of Hitchcock's best films?) Suspense and tension are maintained throughout the film and the the cinematography is magnificent. So is Elijah Wood's performance. The music -- which is central to the story -- is a delight. No point quibbling over the pianist not using pedals and other musically related matters as the whole thing is so enjoyable. The film deserves MUCH better publicity.
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