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Grand Piano

Director:  Eugenio Mira
Year Released:  2013
Rating:  0.5

A gifted pianist (Elijah Wood) returns to the stage after suffering a breakdown of sorts only to find at his 'comeback performance' a sniper (John Cusack) - claiming to be a deceased composer - who threatens to shoot him if he screws up while playing. More of a sketch of a movie than a fully formed work, with contrivances struggling mightily to hold together the inherent incoherence and Mira's darting (and distracting) camera trying to trick you into thinking it's a tense affair. Joel Schumacher did this sort of contained piece with Phone Booth, except he had a script handy by Larry Cohen - Mira has a bunch of Post-It notes and a pint of Frodo sweat.

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