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Cellular
(2004)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Bruce Harvey

Co-Orchestrated by:
Lior Rosner
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
La-La Land Records
(October 5th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you find enjoyment in John Ottman's ability to turn predictable thriller scores into overachieving exercises in creative rhythm and instrumentation.

Avoid it... if no measure of creativity in the soundscape can compensate for an otherwise mundane collection of redundant techniques often heard in Ottman's music for B-rate films of this era.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #892
WRITTEN 1/7/05, REVISED 10/19/11
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Cellular: (John Ottman) If you're the type of person who loathes cell phones, then perhaps this film's not for you. The screenwriter of Phone Booth, Larry Cohen, must have decided that he had conquered the market on phone booth terror, so he turned to every possible method of thrilling a person with the familiar concept of a failing cell phone in the plot of 2004's Cellular. In essence, a tenuous and random cell phone connection between a woman being held hostage in her own home and an average Joe on the streets sends the young man on a race against time and his cell phone battery to help this woman and her family. Despite the numerous plot holes that always arise when you stretch a topic like this one to such great limits, the film does survive on its performances and twists in direction. Though suffering only mild slaps of punishment from critics, the film still didn't hold well enough with audiences to keep it in the theatres very long, setting it up nicely for endless cable re-runs. Director David R. Ellis had been a fan of composer John Ottman's work for The Usual Suspects and X-Men 2 and thus successfully pursued Ottman for the scoring duties on Cellular. The plot of intrigue and terror seemed right up the alley at the time for the composer, who seemed ever-willing to traverse the range of blockbusters to duds and toy with any cheap thriller he had time to get his hands on. Once again, it was a project for which he could often switch between structures in the major and minor keys for obvious portrayals of good and evil. Even more than in his initial years as a composer, though, Ottman had become obsessed in the early 2000's with the idea of recording sound effects associated with the films he composed for and incorporating some variation of their sound into a rhythm or distinct instrumental twist that elevates his music beyond the usual trash that exists for B-rated suspense and drama flicks. With Cellular, he continued this trend, almost to levels of unnecessary intelligence for this kind of film, and, in the event you can't appreciate such music for its thematic and rhythmic integrity, this technique serves as an interesting study in smaller-budget ingenuity in instrumentation. Whether Cellular tickles your fancy or not will depend on your interest in these unusual tactics, because the score's remaining aspects are otherwise generic.



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Average: 2.91 Stars
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Two things that struck me
Bisse Börjesson - June 10, 2005, at 9:47 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 57:43
• 1. Opening/Abduction (3:10)
• 2. Going Shopping (3:32)
• 3. Making a Connection (2:20)
• 4. Freeing Ricky (4:05)
• 5. Moony's Curious (1:21)
• 6. School's Out (4:22)
• 7. The Bait (3:06)
• 8. Epiphany/Bank (4:02)
• 9. LAX (4:21)
• 10. We're Going to Die (2:11)
• 11. The Pier (4:09)
• 12. Lost Connection/Dirty Cops (4:42)
• 13. Porsche/Simple Bio (3:36)
• 14. Police Station (4:01)
• 15. Fake Out (2:12)
• 16. Shoot Out (5:42)

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The insert includes extensive information about the score and film. The score was recorded at Benroya Performance Hall in Seattle, Washington (06/28/2004 - 06/31/2004). This album contains none of the songs from the film.
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