As far as one-room thrillers go, you don't get much crazier or ambitious than 'Grand Piano,' which sees Elijah Wood spending the bulk of the running time sitting behind the titular instrument. If you're curious how such a thing is possible, the new trailer for the film should fill in some blanks. You see, this isn't just a movie about a disgraced master pianist (Wood) making his grand comeback, this is a movie about a disgraced master pianist making his grand comeback while a sniper (John Cusack) threatens to kill him if he misses a single note.
Renowned pianist Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) comes out of retirement for one night only to play a classical concert in honor of his late mentor. What is already a pressure-filled evening for the stage fright-stricken musician quickly devolves into a nightmare when a mysterious man threatens to murder Selznick's wife if he makes a single mistake. Drawing inspiration from Hitchcock, De Palma and Italian horror, 'Grand Piano' is a surprisingly fun and snappy little thriller.
'Grand Piano' is already appealing just because of its wonderful story concept -- it's an independent thriller described as 'Speed' with a piano. Awesome, right? That and you have Elijah Wood starring in the picture. But what could make this even cooler? Possibly adding John Cusack into the mix.
This sound like a practical joke, something that should have been a faux press release on April Fool's Day, but this is a real. Elijah Wood is signed on to be part of a movie that sounds too ridiculous to be true, and we can't wait to see it. It's 'Speed'...but at a piano.