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Grand Piano

Rated R 90 min. 2014

Grand Piano tries to hit the high notes set by the maestros of the thriller genre, but its derivative narrative and fumble-fingered execution make it a pale variation on a recycled theme.Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood, otherwise capable and believable) is a fallen concert pianist coaxed out of a hiatus for a comeback performance. Selznick encounters the disembodied demands of a hidden triggerman (John Cusack) who trains a laser sight on he and his wife (Kery Blishé). Play or die. With director Eugenio Mira's overwrought staging and preposterous plotting, it's like Speed meets bad Brian de Palma. The biggest flaw is that the characters are utterly one-note, like props for a suspense thriller retrospective. To round out the tired tropes, there's a finale atop a catwalk and a "twist" ending. Though it strikes some familiar chords, Grand Piano is hopelessly out of tune.

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Director: Eugenio Mira

Writer: Damien Chazelle

Producer: Adrián Guerra and Rodrigo Cortés

Cast: Elijah Wood, John Cusack, Tamsin Egerton, Kerry Bishé, Alex Winter and Dee Wallace


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