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Monday, March 17, 2008


Vantage Point
Music by Atli Orvarsson
Varese Sarabande VSD 6883 (EU)
15 Tracks 41:30 mins

Vantage Point is a conspiracy thriller, involving the assassination of the American President whilst making a speech in Spain, an event witnessed from a number of angles by differing characters. The film has been likened to the popular TV series 24.
The score for this action-packed film is written by a new name to me, Atli Orvarsson, whose only other credit I am familiar with is composing for a Lilo & Stitch sequel. His music for Vantage Point does not reveal an original voice, but then so many composers have started out copying the temp score, and so this is barely distinguishable from any number of contemporary thriller scores, being perhaps particularly influenced by the Bourne Trilogy. This is not to say that there isn't some exciting music on display here for, once the crime has been committed it moves pretty relentlessly along. Earlier on, ethnic woodwinds provide an eastern slant to the building threat, and there is some romantic Spanish guitar thrown into the mix.
It's probably fair to conclude that if you enjoyed the scores for the likes of the Bourne trilogy and Spy Game, then you'll find this album quite acceptable. As for me, here's hoping the composer will have more opportunities to find his own voice.


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