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Edge of Darkness
(2010)
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Watertower Music
(January 26th, 2010)
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Buy it... if nothing makes your senses tingle better than Howard Shore in his best suspense mode, because his replacement work for Edge of Darkness defines how a score can literally groan through an orchestral ensemble's deepest ranks.

Avoid it... if you expect more than ten to twelve minutes of really engaging material in the album translation of this otherwise effective thriller score, though that music is mostly condensed to the final five tracks.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,461
WRITTEN 3/2/10
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Edge of Darkness: (Howard Shore) Although Mel Gibson has spent more of his time in the 2000's making films rather than starring in them, 2010's Edge of Darkness exhibits the actor in a role of violent depictions equal to his reputation. The Martin Campbell film was originally a softer thriller, but upon being sold to Warner Brothers in 2009, the screen-writer for The Departed was brought on board the production and the cast was reassembled to re-shoot several scenes to account for the more graphic, R-variety of action sought by the studio. The basic premise of the film stayed the same; it's a revenge plot in which Gibson plays a detective whose daughter, a political activist, is murdered in front of him for her involvement in the investigation of a corporate scandal that goes all the way up to the American Congress. The detective, with all the gritty, stubborn determination that Gibson can bring to the role, follows the trailing leads of his daughter's case and becomes embroiled in the scandal himself. The extremely violent killing scenes in Edge of Darkness are tempered by a dreamy sequence at the end that is likely to be perceived as cheap gloss by some movie-goers. With its release date pushed into the purgatory of January and critical reception mixed at best, the film did not come close to covering its $80 million budget during its theatrical run, perhaps a byproduct of the messy post-production changes forced upon it by Warner. The late redirection of Edge of Darkness definitely had a significant impact on its music. For the better part of 2009, fans of classical composer John Corigliano were thrilled at the prospect of hearing only his fourth career film score, and his first since his Oscar-winning effort for The Red Violin ten years prior. He reportedly took the assignment because of the concept's introspective and intimate character appeal, responding with a surprisingly warm and thematic orchestral score (recorded in London) that was anchored by a memorable four-note motif that evolved through the story's revelations of the bittersweet relationship between the detective and his daughter.



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Average: 2.71 Stars
***** 23 5 Stars
**** 44 4 Stars
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Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - May 22, 2012, at 1:39 p.m.
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Edge Of Darkness (Kamen, Corigliano)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 41:43
• 1. Main Titles (2:19)
• 2. Mourning (3:24)
• 3. Beach (2:35)
• 4. Knife (2:25)
• 5. Burning (2:40)
• 6. Diogenes (3:35)
• 7. Pursuit (3:40)
• 8. Hit & Run (1:56)
• 9. Nightflower (2:16)
• 10. Senator (2:00)
• 11. Emma (2:39)
• 12. Captured (2:17)
• 13. Killing (2:52)
• 14. Reunited (2:25)
• 15. Edge of Darkness (2:08)
• 16. You're My Girl (2:38)

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