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

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
Dana Niu
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(April 27th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you respect Brian Tyler's intriguing thriller work during the period of his emergence and would therefore be interested in an intelligent, rhythmic suspense score for orchestra and solo voice that outshines its film.

Avoid it... if the score's pretty but underwhelming pseudo-religious tones, as well as its stock horror material, were among the reasons why you found fault with the film's wishy-washy sense of purpose.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #541
WRITTEN 5/8/04, REVISED 10/11/11
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Tyler
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Godsend: (Brian Tyler) What's worse, cloning your dead child and eventually discovering that he is the spawn of demon seed or making a really horrible movie about it? A universal pounding was delivered to Godsend when it was released in theatres in 2004, not just from critics, but from audiences seeking intelligent examinations of a viable and emotional social issue. Attempting to merge the ideas of A.I. Artificial Intelligence and The Omen into one not-so-pretty picture, Godsend tells the dubious story of an average Northeastern couple whose eight-year-old is killed in a freak accident and who, without thinking much about the consequences, turn their lives over to Robert DeNiro's "Godsend Institute" so that the child can be cloned and grow up all over again. It's funny that anti-cloning groups heavily protested the film, because its story predictably teaches viewers that the clone will be extremely psychologically disturbed and do horrible things, in effect reinforcing the voices against the potential practice. Additionally, the movie can't seem to decide where to take its religious implications (especially with the child being named Adam), and if you are unhappy about the ending, then rest assured that director Nick Hamm (whose career included no significant hits at the time) shot no less than seven alternate endings in which one or two of the parents is killed by the child in multiple ways, and there is even a total blood bath in which everyone dies. What great entertainment! Composer Brian Tyler was already no stranger to either the horror genre or the realm of substandard films in 2004. His mainstream career, in fact, got started with both, and while most fans discovered Tyler with his monumental Children of Dune television score the previous year, that period included a few earlier thriller works that had already piqued the interest of film score collectors. If Timeline was any indication by itself, Tyler wasn't phased by the low quality of the films on which he worked, and even in Godsend you hear the same attention to detail and complicated constructs that make his material interesting to his listeners. A half a dozen names of composers, if not more, could have been mentioned as usual suspects when it comes to scoring films like Godsend, and most of them would probably have produced drab, underdeveloped ambience suitable for the quality of the film. Fortunately, Tyler's take on the project at least has some heart and substance.



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Average: 2.96 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 67:25
• 1. Godsend Main Titles (3:33)
• 2. Adam (1:14)
• 3. Zachary (3:46)
• 4. Birth (1:46)
• 5. Regression (1:53)
• 6. Face Down (1:33)
• 7. Contemplation (2:52)
• 8. Near Miss (2:17)
• 9. Not to Me (1:43)
• 10. Damp Woods (3:59)
• 11. To Godsend (2:26)
• 12. Did I Die? (1:04)
• 13. New Home (2:21)
• 14. Transfigurations (2:56)
• 15. Second Opinion (1:34)
• 16. Epiphany (0:54)
• 17. Shack in the Woods (2:22)
• 18. Photo Discovery (2:21)
• 19. First Disturbance (2:10)
• 20. Loathing (1:42)
• 21. Funeral (1:34)
• 22. Crash (2:17)
• 23. Draw the Burning Building (3:56)
• 24. Curtains (2:07)
• 25. Illusion Confusion (2:04)
• 26. Comatose (1:30)
• 27. Darkroom (1:31)
• 28. No Return (1:42)
• 29. Completion (1:02)
• 30. Godsend End Titles (4:20)

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