Grand Piano | Film review – Pianist Elijah Wood has everything to play for in ridiculously enjoyable thriller

Elijah Wood in GRAND PIANO

Returning to public performance after a five-year break caused by stage fright, renowned concert pianist Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) discovers he is in a psycho sniper’s sights after he sits down at his piano stool and finds a message written on the score of the impossibly difficult piece he is about to deliver: ‘Play one wrong note and you die.’ Claustrophobic high-concept thriller Grand Piano has been dubbed ‘Speed on a piano’, with a dash as well of Colin Farrell’s 2002 caught-in the-crosshairs movie Phone Booth. It’s ridiculously far-fetched, and classical concertgoers will wince at the script’s wilful blunders, but flamboyant camerawork and a delicious streak of dark humour make it ridiculously enjoyable, too.


Certificate 15. Runtime 90 mins. Director Eugenio Mira.

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