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Album Review

Much like his score for 2004's controversial Nicole Kidman suspense flick Birth, Parisian composer Alexandre Desplat fills Hostage up with brooding space rather than thunderous angst. The Bruce Willis thriller screams for forgettable bursts of dissonant strings and long keyboard swells, but Desplat opts for a vocal cue instead, using the beautiful and eerie voice of his daughter Antonia Desplat for the main theme, "Child Spirit." The soft piano-driven motif occurs throughout the work's entirety, resulting in a spooky and atmospheric web of sound that brings to mind Alejandro Amenábar's score for The Others. Chimes, acoustic guitars, gongs, and even electric cellos make an appearance, putting to bed any notion that Hostage is your average Hollywood soundtrack; like director Florent Emilio Siri, Desplat brings an Old World European elegance to the film that adds a whole new dimension to a very familiar story.


Born: 23 August 1961 in Paris, France

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

French composer Alexandre Desplat is the son of a Greek mother and a French father who met in the U.S. while both were attending the University of California at Berkeley, married in San Francisco, and settled in France. He began studying the piano at age five, later switching to trumpet and then flute. Fascinated by both music and film, he decided to pursue a career as a composer of movie scores. Beginning with Ki Lo Sa? in 1985, his scores for television and film totaled 100 by 2007. In these...
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