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Breach
(2007)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(February 27th, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have the patience for a highly effective but understated suspense thriller that compensates for its rather simplistic instrumentation with a strong narrative arc.

Avoid it... if only ten minutes of Mychael Danna's melodramatic gravity at the climax of the score is not worth his otherwise conservative approach to this character study.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,843
WRITTEN 8/15/11
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Breach: (Mychael Danna) Can an espionage film be truly gripping if the outcome is already known at its start? Critics hailed Billy Ray's 2007 docudrama Breach for doing just that, riveting audiences despite telling the mostly non-fictional tale of an FBI agent caught supplying Russians with secret information in modern times. The case of Robert Hanssen fascinated the nation in 2001, when the agent was arrested and eventually sentenced to life in prison for selling American secrets for $1.4 million, after which the government documented the breach as "the worst intelligence disaster in United States history." For the movie, Hanssen's assistant is used as the source of narrative drama, though many of the more sensationalistic depictions of their interaction (and characterizations about Hanssen) were exaggerated or outright fabricated to help sell the film. That assistant was assigned by the agency to keep tabs on Hanssen, and although the two men gain some trust and affection for one another, the younger, aspiring man does complete his duty and provide his superiors with the information and time they need to bring Hanssen down. Respected but neglected, Breach didn't fare spectacularly at the box office, and its equally competent score by veteran Mychael Danna passed by without much notice as well. The composer had just come off of The Nativity Story and Little Miss Sunshine, further proving his diverse capabilities with a true talent for instrumental complexity. Ray retained Danna for Breach because of their collaboration on a replacement score for Shattered Glass, and that previous work, along with Danna's Capote, would inform the general direction of Breach. If you seek to hear a continuation of the composer's interesting and often exotic instrumental tones, then this score isn't the place to search, because while Danna does spice up the soundscape with a few notable accents, he treats Breach with intimate character drama in mind. His ensemble consists of an orchestra heavy on strings, augmented by single woodwind, horn, and harp players. The backbone of the score, however, is the piano, the reliable mainstay of suburban security and familial relations. Danna, as usual, though, doesn't stop there, utilizing synthetic keyboarding and what sounds like a processed glockenspiel as rhythmic devices that lend color to the otherwise safely nondescript tone of the score.



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Average: 2.85 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 35:28
• 1. Dangerous World (4:37)
• 2. An Agent Named Robert Hanssen (2:03)
• 3. Gun Culture (1:25)
• 4. Morning Mass (2:10)
• 5. Dear Friends (2:16)
• 6. Get on the Boat (2:48)
• 7. A Full Day (1:59)
• 8. Double or Nothing (2:55)
• 9. The Last Drop (6:23)
• 10. I Matter Plenty (3:54)
• 11. The Arrest (3:16)
• 12. The Why Doesn't Mean a Thing (1:42)

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The insert includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film.
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