The International (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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Matt Bellamy is listed in the credits as the composer for "The International - End Title." One can see how the theme of this movie where a bank has a secret agenda and controls everything fits with Matt's personal views.
Polished and effective
I've been following Tykwer/Klimek/Heil's work since 'Run Lola Run', still can't get the music from the final scene in "Winter Sleepers' out of my head (thanks for 'Lost Love' to make those chords stuck permanently:) and was thoroughly impressed with their outstanding work on the recent 'Perfume' soundtrack. So being a fan of interesting chord progressions and a fresh approach to the genre, I was expecting no less from this album. Turns out this soundtrack is more 'ambient' oriented, using percussion and tremolo strings rather than big themes and memorable melodies. It's purpose-driven, drenched in dark, brooding suspense (Track 17 could be from the Frost/Nixon soundtrack), befitting the intensity and seriousness of the story told, with the mix of the various orchestral and synth elements being the most accomplished so far. Seems that the pulsing synth from 'Run Lola Run' has come back with a vengeance though - think an older, disillusioned Lola trading her running shoes for an office chair. Same intensity, different colors (the hair of course! never mind...). Certainly a departure from the rich textures and satisfying lyrical quality of 'The Perfume', but interesting and effective nevertheless. Don't look for a feel-good track though. The only time you're allowed to breathe, is during the End Title which starts out reminding of 'The Roof' from 'The Princess and the Warrior' (go ahead and buy that soundtrack by the way, one of their best) rounding up the various themes and leaving me with great anticipation for the movie, but also underlining the fact that some scores may be perfect for the motion picture, but never quite come to life when listened to on their own. Once I've seen the movie I'll have an idea whether that's a flaw or simply a testament to their unique talent for excellent film scoring.
This score worked so well in the movie and I had to get it as soon as I came home. So tense and so relaxing at the same time and I could easily listen to it over and over again. My favorites are: *The Calvini Hit *The Guggenheim Shootout *Istanbul *Chasing Jonas Skarssen *End Titles but the whole soundtrack works amazing as a whole. I recommend getting the whole thing and letting your head get lost in this atmospheric piece of work. This is definitely one of my new favorite scores.