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Journey to the Center of the Earth
(2008)
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Composed and Produced by:
Andrew Lockington

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
New Line Records (U.S.)
(July 8th, 2008)

Silva Screen Records (Europe)
(July 8th, 2008)
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The U.S. release by New Line Records is only available via digital download. The Silva Screen album is a commercial European release on CD available for import prices in America. They feature identical contents.
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Buy it... if you are a sucker for the rousing swashbuckling adventure scores of yesteryear that require no intellectual thought to appreciate.

Avoid it... if shamelessly optimistic fanfares and harmonic choral majesty are too predictable in any form for your stuffy sensibilities to handle.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,231
WRITTEN 2/1/09
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Journey to the Center of the Earth: (Andrew Lockington) Little reason existed to give special effects guru Eric Brevig the reigns to this classic Jules Verne-inspired story outside of the fact that it represented the first motion picture to use digital projection technologies in modern movie houses to provide a 3-D viewing experience. Aside from the novelty of that 3-D creation, there is nothing of particular note about the 2008 version of Journey to the Center of the Earth. Its collaborative script is dumb, the characters are shallow, the laws of physics are suspended, and very little of Verne's original concept survives intact. In fact, the 2008 production is a sequel to the events of the 1959 classic film rather than a remake, though anybody with half a brain can see that it was only a ploy to provide nearly constant effects sequences with the intent of thrilling bored summer audiences with half the efficiency of a theme park ride. This eye candy is truly shameless, and it's fitting that it would be treated to an equally predictable formula score. The concept of blockbuster fantasy or adventure music has unfortunately traversed down a synthetic path over the course of the 2000's, leading to a popularity of the original Media Ventures sound with mainstream audiences trained to accept simplistic masculine bombast with no sense of style for their eye candy films. Bucking this trend for Journey to the Center of the Earth is Andrew Lockington, instead writing a throwback score that reminds of the days when swashbuckling music actually stirred the soul with symphonic might. This is the first large-scale assignment for the Canadian composer; his career had consisted of orchestration work for fellow Canadian Mychael Danna as well as a handful of obscure feature and television scores to his own credit. Between Journey to the Center of the Earth and City of Ember in 2008, Lockington made the kind of surprisingly sudden splash in the industry that was arguably last witnessed upon David Arnold's arrival in the mid-1990's. The exuberant style with which Lockington outperformed expectations for Journey to the Center of the Earth leads to obvious comparisons to Arnold's bombastic style at the outset of his career, and, with a purely undemanding method of raising symphonic ruckus, you can't help but admire the enthusiasm that Lockington infuses back into the genre.



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298 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.45 Stars
***** 74 5 Stars
**** 89 4 Stars
*** 64 3 Stars
** 41 2 Stars
* 30 1 Stars
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FVSR Reviews Journey To The Center Of The Earth
Brendan Cochran - March 21, 2015, at 9:42 a.m.
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Great score, but where's the swashbuckling?
Richard Kleiner - October 5, 2010, at 10:39 p.m.
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Alternate review of Journey to the Center of the Earth at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - February 6, 2009, at 3:54 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Both Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 67:30
• 1. Journey Theme (1:15)
• 2. Morning Routine (1:14)
• 3. Max's Things (1:55)
• 4. Iceland (2:28)
• 5. Hannah and the Institute (1:11)
• 6. Climbing Sneffels (1:30)
• 7. Trapped (2:56)
• 8. Rope Descent (2:10)
• 9. The Generator (2:27)
• 10. Mine Car Adventure (2:38)
• 11. Diamonds and Muscovite (1:53)
• 12. Water Drop (3:10)
• 13. The Center of the Earth (4:44)
• 14. Mushroom House and Artifacts (3:52)
• 15. Goodbye Max (2:44)
• 16. Building the Raft (3:46)
• 17. Storm (3:25)
• 18. The Search for Sean (4:00)
• 19. Magnetic Rocks (3:45)
• 20. Meet at the River (3:12)
• 21. Dinosaur! (3:19)
• 22. Skull Rescue (2:01)
• 23. Volcano (4:01)
• 24. The Return (4:01)

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