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Hostage
(2005)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Cyrille Aufort

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Superb Records
(June 7th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print and selling for $30 by 2011.
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Buy it... if you doubt Alexandre Desplat's capabilities in the mainstream suspense and action genres, Hostage remaining one of the most impressive expressions of overachieving lyrical complexity in an undeserving context of senseless death.

Avoid it... if you have never much cared for John Ottman's early melodic grace and instrumental creativity in the same genre, for Desplat's work here sounds in many regards like his own interpretation of the same approach towards intrigue and executions.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,768
WRITTEN 2/3/12
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Hostage: (Alexandre Desplat) When the stylish shooting techniques of Florent Emilio Siri caught actor and producer Bruce Willis' attention, the French director was asked to helm the 2005 thriller Hostage, one of many attempts by Willis to recapture his leading status in the genre. The convoluted plot of the movie involves the dual hostage takings of an American money launderer and his family at the same time those with an interest in the first target's database of information take hostage the family of the primary hostage negotiator at the first scene. Willis plays that lead role, attempting to end the standoff in front of him in a way that secures the victim's information as to satisfy those threatening his own family. He eventually has to rely upon both the kidnappers and the victims in the first scenario to walk through a maze of plot twists to earn the release of his loved ones, and there's a fair amount of betrayals and convoluted motives along the way. One certainty about Hostage that led to its tepid response by critics and audiences was its body count, the amount and forms of executions in the film representing a display of the kind of societal decay that conservative politicians in America use to whip up votes from fearful old people who believe that the country is going to hell. While there was some praise for the director's flashy, almost art house form of conveying the action scenes, not much love was extended to Hostage from any group, the film failing to gross enough worldwide to be considered a financial success. Doing his best to compensate for the film's ills was composer Alexandre Desplat, another French connection with the production and a man who was finally beginning to break into the mainstream international film scoring scene after toiling with obscure projects in his native country since the 1990's. Throughout the 2000's, he increasingly became known for his complicated compositional structures and unconventional instrumental applications, often lending complex music to films that did not require such depth of thought. Definitely among these projects is Hostage, which, along with the inferior Firewell the following year, stands as a somewhat rare representation of Desplat's large-scale suspense and killing mode. Some film music collectors have long held a belief that Desplat's style isn't well equipped to handle massively tonal action, and while The Golden Compass and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 should dispel that myth, you can go back as far as Hostage to really encounter what many of his enthusiasts will cite as his most superior music in the genre.



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Average: 3.3 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 61:41
• 1. Child's Spirit (1:50)
• 2. Hostage (2:52)
• 3. Canyon Inn (1:48)
• 4. The Watchman (2:47)
• 5. The Waterfall (1:52)
• 6. Crawl Space (1:33)
• 7. Talley's Theme (2:59)
• 8. Drive (1:32)
• 9. Breaking In (4:30)
• 10. The House (2:20)
• 11. Tommy's Theme (1:41)
• 12. The Secret Place (3:29)
• 13. House on Fire (5:33)
• 14. The Negotiation (4:02)
• 15. The Choice (1:21)
• 16. Talley's Plan (2:01)
• 17. Screens and Shades (1:06)
• 18. FBI (1:29)
• 19. Mars' Theme (2:41)
• 20. The Trade (1:54)
• 21. The Killer (1:59)
• 22. Captain Wooba (4:59)
• 23. Talley's Family (2:52)
• 24. Child's Spirit (Extended) (2:31)

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