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Monday, November 24, 2008


Music by edward Shearmur
Varese Sarabande VSD 6930 (EU)
17 Tracks 44:23 mins

Rodrigo Garcia's new film, Passengers, stars Anne Hathaway as a grief counsellor working with plane crash survivors, who becomes romantically involved with one of her clients, whom she suspects might hold the answers when, one by one, the rest of them start to disappear.
The music is by Edward Shearmur and begins with the steady piano and strings flow of "The Wreckage;" the theme continuing on piano in a more upbeat variant in the following "Group Therapy." "House Call," by contrast, is almost comical. Flowing piano continues to provide the main voice in "What Do You Remember," backed again by strings and mysterious electronic atmospheres, although harp takes over as the music intensifies. Busy, but light, percussion introduces "Norman," which takes on a heavier mindset, as it flows to its conclusion.
The music takes on a more mysterious feel in "At the Museum," with the following "Giving Eric the Key" more positive; the mood continuing in the almost playful "Eric at Midnight." "Arkin" is a much more melancholy affair for delicate piano and strings; the former becoming more weighty in "Rooftop." After all this introspection, "Motorcycle Fix" flows along nicely, but not for long, as it is quickly overwhelmed by some pretty menacing electronic atmospheres, only for piano to re-emerge romantically.
"Norman's House" develops into full-blown, propulsive action, ending in a sad refrain; to be followed by "Eric Remembers," which, after a tentative start, becomes increasingly powerful and propulsive, before ending quietly on piano. "Porch" returns us to the melancholy feel, with piano surrounded by the electronic atmospheres yet again. "Epithany" is just that, the music gradually swelling until it soars, before coming down to earth for a peaceful conclusion; with "At Peace" suggesting things are again well in the world.
It's nice to have an "End Titles," something that seems to be making something of a comeback, after having to endure cut-together pieces of score, or songs tacked over the credits of many films of the recent past. Here, Shearmur gets to shine even more with a quite lovely piano-lead theme.


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