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 Posted:   Nov 15, 2009 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I watched this film last night and enjoyed it.
I liked it's sarcastic tone regarding the (half-hearted) pursuit of war criminals by the crooked governments who may have put them in control.
Richard Gere (an actor I don't usually care for) was good as the embittered news reporter tracking a Bosnian war criminal, with the help of his cameraman (Terence Howard) and Jesse Eisenberg, who also comes along for the ride.
It becomes quite involving by the end, and I had a pretty good time.
The score is by Rolfe Kent, a composer I've got a lot of time for.
He seems to have a lovely technique of channeling the sound of John Barry and Ennio Morricone, without resorting to plagiarism.
Hearing this score told me he could write a killer James Bond score, for at times, that is exactly what it sounded like.
The music was so good, I went online and was amazed to find the score was available on CD.
I promptly ordered a copy from SAE, together with more goodies.
What do people here think of this film and it's music?

 Posted:   Nov 15, 2009 - 6:57 PM   
 By:   Koray Savas   (Member)

Very underrated film and score. The first and last time I saw it was the sneak peak in theaters. Unfortunately it slipped under the radar, and made less than a million dollars I believe.

The score is good, but I don't hear any Barry or Morricone in it. I hear the style Zimmer started with Black Hawk Down, the film even uses one of the songs from it. Albeit the score is good, and I like it very much. I haven't listened to it in awhile, so I'll give it another go and see if I can pick up on the Barry.

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2009 - 2:06 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

I agree - this is a great film that got totally overlooked. I was aware of it because I enjoyed the director´s previous THE MATADOR. But then I missed this film in the cinemas. I rented it amid some other films and was not really in the mood to watch it. But...

After a few minutes I was absolutely hooked. Fantastic satire-action film with a great central performance by Gere. Really a shame that this one was so underrated. And Rolfe Kent´s score was also pretty good and different from his usual comedy scores.

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2009 - 12:39 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

"And Rolfe Kent´s score was also pretty good and different from his usual comedy scores."

Yeah, I agree there. He does seem a bit typecast in the light romantic comedy genre lately.
This was a pleasant change of pace, with the Eastern European influences and ominous thriller passages.
Some of the bigger moments kept reminding me of Barry, while the female voice track near the end recalled some of Morricone's work. But as I said before, not plagiarism/direct steals, just an overall flavour. I never picked up on the Zimmer/Black Rain stuff, because I'm not familiar with that score.

NP - Baaria (Ennio Morricone)

 Posted:   May 8, 2014 - 4:48 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Listening to this music now.
Very good stuff indeed.

 Posted:   May 8, 2014 - 7:59 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Kev, as you know, I wondered what a Kent action score would sound like. Glad you brought this up, but I've not seen this movie. I have lots of cable channels and hope it plays soon so I can see the music and hear a different type of music from Kent.

 Posted:   Jan 13, 2020 - 2:16 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Hey Joan, it's only been 6 years!!!
What did you think of it?


 Posted:   Jan 13, 2020 - 3:15 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

"...NP - Baaria (Ennio Morricone)!!"

I can see Roy's influence working on you kev. smile

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2020 - 6:42 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I have always liked the music of Ennio, Bill.
It's just that Roy NEVER STOPPED bangin' on about it, until I had to delve deeper (and get over my mistrust of those wrong/discordant chords) wink

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2020 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I had the opposite reaction. I sampled half the score and finally gave up -- it's just a bunch of rather mediocre ad-libbed noodling to me and not something I'd view as a window into a fine James Bond score.

Does that mean I think he can't do one? No, I did not say that (sometimes people here need that spelled out...). But based on this score I just don't hear it.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2020 - 9:27 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Kev, I must BEG your forgiveness. I forgot all about this. I know the movie has been on my cable, but I didn't watch it. Will put GIANT notes on my TV to watch this.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2020 - 1:52 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

That's okay Joan, but just make sure your report is in by the weekend wink

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