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Desperate Measures
(1998)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Geoffrey Alexander
Julian Kershaw
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Velvel Records
(February 24th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if the most ambitious ensemble ruckus from Dark City has always impressed you, that sound reflected to a greater degree in the action highlights of this score.

Avoid it... if you rely upon the dominance of themes in Trevor Jones' music to sustain your interest, for his two main identities for this work are not spectacular and take a while to develop.
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Desperate Measures: (Trevor Jones) Jokes were made at the time of the release of the 1998 thriller Desperate Measures about how many unsuccessful desperate measures were taken by the filmmakers and Tristar to make the film into a winner. Box office disaster was the fate of the Barbet Schroeder project, its plot so contrived that critics and audiences failed to see any point to its narrative. The movie did represent one of the later entries in the slide back to obscurity for actor Michael Keaton, who played his "crazy" side perfectly in the role of a brilliant convict who devises creative ways to fool law enforcement and escape from prison. The protagonist of the story is Andy Garcia, oddly enough, as a police officer whose son suffers from leukemia and requires a bone marrow transplant. Of course, the maniac played by Keaton is the only compatible source, and in the ill-advised process of transferring the criminal to a hospital to secure this donation, there is the obligatory escape and the conflict of interest for the cop. The two play a cat and house game throughout the hospital and then the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the cop attempting to stop other officers from killing the criminal all the while trying to capture him for the purposes of the infusion. Fallacies riddle the plot, and it's hard not to root for Keaton's character by the end, a notion supported by the open-ended conclusion that suggests that he'll get the upper hand. Schroeder's movies in this genre over the course of the 1990's typically used the services of either Howard Shore or Trevor Jones for their music, and the latter built upon his previous work for Kiss of Death to create an ominously forceful orchestral environment for Desperate Measures. Jones had a tendency to write music that was more intellectually complicated than necessary for the suspense and thriller genres, usually combining his symphonic trademarks with voices or specialty instrumentation of a unique tone. For Desperate Measures, his standard London orchestra is the clear emphasis, utilizing synthetic backing only for adding depth to the soundscape and presenting occasionally eerie atmospheres. Jones' knack for over-thinking his assignments actually has the benefit of smartly addressing the mind of Keaton's villain in the story, affording a level of complexity in the ensemble performances worthy of a character always two steps ahead. Also figuring into the mix is an EWI, Jones' choice this time for the representation of the softer character theme for the protagonist, and the slap-happy medium-range percussion that became somewhat standard for the composer during this era.



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Total Time: 62:03
• 1. Unauthorized Access (6:47)
• 2. Imprisonment (4:41)
• 3. In Transit (6:22)
• 4. Escape (4:48)
• 5. On the Run (4:21)
• 6. Under Pressure (3:42)
• 7. Hostages (4:28)
• 8. Essence of Time (2:44)
• 9. Tunnels (8:53)
• 10. Chase (5:38)
• 11. Persistence (3:23)
• 12. Redemption (1:55)
• 13. Into the City (4:21)

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