After connecting with the shy Madeline, a jazz trumpeter embarks on a quest for a more gregarious paramour, but through a series of twists and turns punctuated by an original score, the two lovers seem destined to be together.
A disgraced black ops agent is dispatched to a remote CIA broadcast station to protect a code operator. Soon, they find themselves in a life-or-death struggle to stop a deadly plot before it's too late.
Ten Happy Fingers
Written by Dr. Seuss (as Theodore Geisel) and Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
from The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953) (uncredited)
Used by permission of Shapiro Bernstein Spain Mood Music Division
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures Industries,Inc.
Under license from Sony Pictures Music group See more »
Elijah Wood has been doing some interesting films recently. I would say there are 3 that seem to share a similar experimental feeling, two of which I have seen. That would be Maniac, Open Windows, and Grand Piano. Watch the trailers to these films and you will see why I think they share the same style.
Grand Piano is quite similar to the movie Phonebooth. Both share the idea of a person being watched by a sniper and forced to stay in one area. I think the idea works pretty well for this film. It builds the tension and the stakes feel high.
As mentioned before, this film has a slightly experimental feeling. There are unique uses of lighting that are pretty interesting, and also some experimental CGI use. For example, there's a shot where we see somebody grabbing a piece of broken mirror in a POV style shot, and they CGI the persons reflection in the glass, which really reminds me of "Maniac" where we see Elijah Woods reflection in different things.
I would say the best part of this film is really the final musical piece until the end, because that's when things really come to a head. The beginning has little bits of dark comedy thrown in, mostly in the form of a couple that is friends with Elijah Wood's character and his wife, which I felt didn't work. It should have all been kept dramatic and serious.
If you're looking for an interesting and unique thriller/mystery film, check this one out. It also includes Elijah Woods piano playing skills which are pretty impressive and i'm sure would be interesting for piano players to watch.
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