Stop. Messing. With. Liam. Neeson.
There is absolutely no way that everything that had happen for the mastermind in "Non-Stop" to execute their plan could've happened. But that's okay, because the film has enough momentum to sustain the lunacy and keep us invested.
It's not all perfect -- backstories of several characters are unnecessarily complicated, the passengers switch from docile to hostile whenever the situation calls for it, etc. -- but it's perfectly entertaining while in flight.
It’s a fine line that separates astute homage from cheap facsimile. Liberally taking cues from Hitchcock and De Palma, Grand Piano is far too fun and well-crafted to come off as forgery. The premise of the thriller is preposterous: a renowned pianist with shredded nerves is threatened by an unseen sniper. If he plays a wrong note during a performance, he and/or his beautiful wife will be immediately shot. Think Phone Booth relocated from a New York street to a Chicago concert hall.
Full Review: filmracket.com/grand-piano/
Part of Criterionucopia 2012
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