A good thriller is hard to find. A good time crunched thriller is even harder to find. So when I heard that many people thought Grand Piano was a diamond in the rough come to give me a good thrilling yet pulpy experience, I decided to go for it. I was not disappointed.
Elijah Wood plays Tom, a virtuoso piano player who choked several years ago on a complicated piece written by his mentor. He must now prove to himself and to his audience that he is still as good as he once was. His very famous wife urges him on and encourages to do his best all while surrounded by onlookers and fans. Once he gets to the stage, Tom realizes there is a message on his piece. He sees that it is a message from a man who wants to kill him and his wife. If he messes up even just one chord then he dies. If he tries to get help then his wife dies. He is stuck between a rock and a hard place.
This movie was fast paced and full of pulpy goodness. It had multiple murders, suspicious people lurking around in the background, henchmen, and a frightened Elijah Wood which is somehow good. It won’t win any depth awards and I probably won’t think about it in a week or two like I do with most great movies, but it was a fun way to spend a couple of hours. I had a good time. That is the best review I can give it. And I think that is all this movie aims to do.