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Firewall
(2006)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Conrad Pope
Eddie Karam
Erik Lundborg
Nan Schwartz Mishkin
Jeffrey Schindler
Clifford Tasner
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(February 14th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you could satisfy yourself with the lesser cousin of Alexandre Desplat's score for Hostage, the same trademark action mannerisms not accompanied in Firewall by as many unique instrumental colors and tonal rhythmic passages.

Avoid it... if you have issues with how Desplat applies electronics to his scores, a problem in addressing the high-tech aspects of this film's plot and exacerbated by generic action sequences.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,817
WRITTEN 2/3/12
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Firewall: (Alexandre Desplat) Somebody apparently forgot to mention to the producers of the 2006 thriller Firewall that actor Harrison Ford was too old to keep playing the scared family man forced into a conflict with criminals that requires him to beat the crap out of undesirable people in close combat. Nevertheless, the aged actor attempted to do just that, and critics and audiences groaned collectively in response. Ford is a financial security expert working for a Seattle bank when his family is taken hostage by a man who had posed as a prospective employer for him. The criminal demands that Ford's panicked character transfer $100 million from a range of accounts at the bank into his offshore bank accounts. Using sophisticated technology to force compliance, the hostage takers initially succeed, even going so far as to frame the victim for murder and embezzlement. Some smarts and a desire for revenge allow the protagonist to even the score, eventually leading to the physical confrontations that the man wins in unlikely fashion. Not surprisingly, Firewall failed to generate more than mediocre returns for Warner Brothers, and perhaps the movie could have been a winner had Ford played the lead terrorist in command over a younger cast. Reportedly hired to score the film was veteran Alan Silvestri, though with his firing late in production, French composer Alexandre Desplat was given just ten days to write a replacement score. The assignment was one that would have seemed to fit easily for Desplat at the time. Not only was he growing more accustomed to the environment of Hollywood blockbuster aspirations, but he had just finished providing a very accomplished score for the similarly minded Hostage the previous year. In that score, he had articulated his typically complex structures and creative instrumental techniques in ways that had undoubtedly overachieved for the assignment, yielding one of the year's more surprising entries. While his approach to Hostage had included the impressive combination of symphonic and electronic force necessary for the ridiculously brash and morally deplorable movie, Desplat had also managed to infuse his normal tendency towards lyrical development, and the most memorable aspect of that score remains the mysterious and intriguing primary theme for solo vocals. In Firewall, he carries over some of the same basic mannerisms, and portions of the two scores will sound similar to casual observers, especially in the outright action cues, but most of the best assets in the 2005 score are absent from this successor.



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Average: 2.72 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:05
• 1. Firewall (3:16)
• 2. Surveillance (3:38)
• 3. Breaking In (2:56)
• 4. The Bank (0:57)
• 5. First Night (1:21)
• 6. Hostages (3:24)
• 7. The Camera Dances (3:47)
• 8. The Epi-Pen (3:59)
• 9. The Family Theme (1:21)
• 10. Escape From the Bank (10:23)
• 11. Looking for Help (3:04)
• 12. Exchanging the Files (2:10)
• 13. The Fight (7:14)
• 14. Rainy Day (3:15)
• 15. Together Again (1:20)

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