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During his comeback performance, a pianist who suffers from stage fright finds a note "play one note wrong, and you die".

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Tom Selznick
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Emma Selznick
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Ashley
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Wayne
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Reisinger
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A & V Interviewer
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Janitor
Jack Taylor ...
Patrick Godureaux
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Emma's Publicist
Amy Gwilliam ...
Emma's Assistant
Harris Gordon ...
Emma's Agent
Ricardo Alexander ...
Executive (as Richard A. Newby)
Brendan Murphy ...
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During his comeback performance, a pianist who suffers from stage fright finds a note "play one note wrong, and you die".

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Play or Die

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25 October 2013 (Spain)  »

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$2,964 (USA) (7 March 2014)

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$22,353 (USA) (11 April 2014)
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Wood had worked with a teacher three weeks prior to going to Barcelona and found it stressful having to play the piano and speak at the same time saying, "It was incredibly technical [...] lots of moments where it was jumping from where I'd play, listen to a click, listen to music, have to be in the right place and the right time and hear dialogue and repeat dialogue". See more »

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On a regular 88 key piano, the lowest keys are in descending order: C (third C below middle C) white B white A#/Bb black A white

On a Boesendorfer Imperial (97 keys) the lowest keys are in descending order: C (third C below middle C) white B white A#/Bb black A normally white, but here black G#/Ab extra, black G extra, normally white, but here black F#/Gb extra, black F extra, normally white, but here black E extra, normally white, but here black D#/Eb extra, black D extra, normally white, but here black C# extra, black C extra, normally white, but here black

At 1:04:42 and 1:04:49 and more clearly at 1:16:54 they show the following configuration: C (third C below middle C) white B white A#/Bb black A white G#/Ab extra, black G extra, white, BUT SHOULD BE BLACK F#/Gb extra, black F extra, white, BUT SHOULD BE BLACK E extra, normally white, but here black D#/Eb extra, black D extra, normally white, but here black C# extra, black C extra, normally white, but here black. See more »

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2 March 2014 | by (Quezon City, Philippines) – See all my reviews

Tom Selznick is an acclaimed concert pianist. However, after messing up a key performance, he withdrew from the public eye. He agreed to perform again at a concert-tribute to his departed mentor. But as he began to play, he noted a threat written on his sheet music. He should play perfectly to the note, or his wife will die.

Elijah Wood plays Tom with his trademark wide-eyed style of acting. This film is practically a one-man show for Wood as all the focus was on him as he played for his wife's life while trying to psych out his unseen adversary. The constant look of fear on his face made this film work. For a non-piano player like myself, Wood's piano playing looked wonderfully realistic.

The villain was played by John Cusack, whom we only hear for the most part as his chilling voice dictated what his captive should do. Cusack succeeds to convey that sinister feel by his vocal inflections alone. We only see his face for a brief while towards the end which was honestly a bit anti-climactic.

The glamorous Kelly Bishe plays Tom's wife Emma, a celebrated actress who organized Tom's comeback event. Too bad, there really was not much for her to do here. I have to say though that I loved her haunting vocal solo (if that was actually her singing).

Actually the whole situation was impossible. While Tom was passionately playing complicated pieces, he was in constant communication with his hostage-taker via an earpiece. During certain movements in the concerto, Tom was actually able to run off the stage to go to the dressing room to investigate. He can even text while playing piano!

I don't really know what kind of superhuman ability Tom has to keep on playing perfectly while all of this stressful things were swirling around him. If you are able to suspend your disbelief in the incredibly improbable flow of events unfolding on the screen, you will get drawn into the excitement and tension of it all.

This film is not very long, only an hour and twenty minutes. The whole situation was bordering on the absurd, yet the way director Eugenio Mira staged it, urgent suspense still prevailed. The cinematography was lush. The editing was well done. The music was otherworldly in its beauty.

I enjoyed it. The middle section really had me on the edge of my seat. The concluding act was rather over-the-top, but overall this was a neat thriller that is worth to check out. 6/10.


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