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Identity
(2003)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
David Bifano
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Varèse Sarabande
(April 15th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you love punishing yourself with wretched sound effects and dissonant orchestral techniques that could appropriately drive a person insane.

Avoid it... if you believe for an instant that Alan Silvestri might tackle the horror passages in this atmospheric nightmare with the same intelligence and muscularity exhibited in his respected action works.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,842
WRITTEN 2/8/12
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Identity: (Alan Silvestri) Honestly, does a movie like Identity really make anybody feel better about mankind? Did anybody leave the theatre after witnessing this film with personal fulfillment and an overwhelming desire to make the world a better place? If anything, the story of the 2003 film encourages society to execute those who are mentally ill. The derangement of one motel manager in particular is the focus of Identity, the battle in his head a result of ten conflicting personalities he's harboring. The audience doesn't realize until most of the way through the picture that the collection of stranded characters at the secluded motel are all people whose identities have been adopted within this nutcase. As he attempts to sort through these invading personas, the inhabitants of the motel are murdered in horrible fashion. A false ending provides cheap thrills at the end, and it's hard to fathom how this movie managed to attract positive reviews and impressive box office returns. The ensemble cast of character actors are stereotyped as one might expect, and it's difficult not to notice similarities in the killings and locations to prior films involving motel felonies. Perhaps Identity appeals to viewers who like contemplating characters whose heads are even more screwed up than their own. Or perhaps it was simply meant as stupid slash-fest fun, in which case its gruesome deaths may inspire those with a torture fetish. Director James Mangold has rotated through composers randomly for most of his career, and Alan Silvestri was the unlikely recipient of the assignment for Identity. Although the composer had already created a name for himself in nearly every other genre of film, horror was not among them, only the mediocre What Lies Beneath (and its Bernard Herrmann references) representing a major and recent venture into the realm of fright. In what was perhaps a situation better suited for Marco Beltrami to tackle at the time, Silvestri ended up producing a score that wouldn't sound very out of place in Beltrami's career. Along those lines, enthusiasts of Silvestri will find very little in Identity to remind them of the composer's trademark mannerisms. There is intelligence behind some of the composer's constructs and instrumental applications in the score, but all of them are so wretchedly insufferable (as necessary for the arduous film) that it's impossible to casually appreciate them outside of an intellectual analysis on album.



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Average: 2.59 Stars
***** 8 5 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 32:07
• 1. Prologue (2:57)
• 2. What Have You Done? (1:15)
• 3. Settling In (2:24)
• 4. Lou is Dead (3:24)
• 5. Suicide Jumper (2:13)
• 6. It Was an Accident (2:29)
• 7. Bodies Disappear (1:44)
• 8. May 10th (2:22)
• 9. Rhode's Secret (2:39)
• 10. Showdown (2:20)
• 11. Orange Grove (2:55)
• 12. No Second Chance (1:27)
• 13. Identity End Credits (3:37)

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