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Brainstorm
(1983)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra and The Ambrosian Singers
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Buy it... if you're tired of being bombarded with James Horner's easy, repetitive, melodramatic works for the mainstream and desire a score that may not be completely unique in construct but remains as menacing and raw as anything else in his career.

Avoid it... if you are adverse to scores that utilize "organized chaos" and a snarling, truly frightening tone of choral and symphonic brutality to balance their ethereal fantasy elements.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,507
WRITTEN 8/22/09
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Brainstorm: (James Horner) So the question is this: when one of the two lead stars of your film dies in an accident shortly before the completion of principal photography, do you can the film permanently and collect upon the actor's insurance, or do you make the necessary rearrangements to release the film to the public anyway? The 1983 Douglas Trumbull film Brainstorm had much more going for it than simply the publicity of actress Natalie Wood's death in a boating accident in 1981. The plot of the science fiction thriller postulated about the ethical implications of a mechanical invention that records the sensory experiences of one individual and allows for the playback of those feelings to the brain of another person. This technology not only attracts the most intense scientific minds but also the attention of corporate and government interests. The situation gets complicated when one of the scientists realizes that she is having a fatal heart attack and records the last moments of her life, leading to speculation about whether another person feeling those end of life recordings would also die or, more fantastically, learn about what happens upon death. The idea behind the plot is universally admired, but the execution of it yielded a finished film that concentrated mostly on the machine itself and marginalized the characters. A creative combination of varying film sizes and vibrant special effects were dazzling, an expected feature given Trumbull's own credits in that area (2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Bladerunner). Ultimately, however, Brainstorm is only remembered for Wood's death and the speculation about co-star Christopher Walken's involvement in that incident. While the producers of the film sought to scrap the entire venture and collect the insurance, the contract for the film gave Trumbull the ultimate say in the matter. He re-wrote a handful of scenes, changed a few camera angles in revised shooting, and dedicated his finished product to Wood. The two-year delay and the publicity surrounding the post-production and accident controversy couldn't save Brainstorm from the fact that it had flaws in its character setup, but at the very least it accomplished the goals of making the audience think and allowing one last glimpse of the popular Wood on screen. Trumbull was so distraught by the entire production that he never directed a Hollywood film again.

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Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - May 10, 2012, at 2:53 p.m.
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Total Time: 30:15
• 1. Main Title (2:15)
• 2. Lillian's Heart Attack (3:18)
• 3. Gaining Access to the Tapes (2:49)
• 4. Michael's Gift to Karen (6:54)
• 5. First Playback (3:21)
• 6. Race for Time (4:53)
• 7. Final Playback/End Titles (6:50)

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The insert includes a note about the score from the director.
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