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The Kingdom
(2007)
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Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Steve Batek
Edgardo Simone

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(September 25th, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you've had enough of Danny Elfman's children's music over the past few years and anticipate a rowdy ass-kicking of new synthetic samples and wild drum loops meant to prod you out of your seat.

Avoid it... if relentlessly harsh and frantic electronic rhythms with gritty sound effects were bad enough for you in their late 90's prime and Elfman's take on the simplistic, brutish approach to action scoring is only marginally more intriguing.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #814
WRITTEN 10/6/07
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The Kingdom: (Danny Elfman) As more audacious films set in the post-9/11 Middle East are breaking into the action and drama genres of Hollywood, The Kingdom examines the tricky relationship between Saudi Arabia, radical Islam, and America. Throwing some explosive action into the mix, the Peter Berg film lacks the intellectual depth of some films already addressing some of the same locales and issues (Syriana foremost), but compensates with enough intelligence to float the believability of the heart-pounding action sequences in its latter half. After terrorists successfully attack a residential compound of foreign oil workers in Riyadh, a small team of American investigators led by a forensics expert played by Jamie Foxx is given a deadline by the Saudi Arabian government (and their own agents overseeing the Americans) in which to satisfy the FBI. During the culture clash that ensues, terrorists plan another attack, and The Kingdom culminates in a wild chase in its last half hour. The film has received a decent critical and audience response, with many pointing to successful chemistry between the film's four leads. Composer Danny Elfman had directed his career towards such films in the late 1990's and early 2000's before returning to the children's and fantasy genres that had defined his initial years as a major Hollywood composer. Compared to his light-hearted, though ambitious output of the past five years, The Kingdom is a stark swing back to Elfman's days of interludes into the realm of tense thrillers. Not surprisingly, the film allows Elfman to explore new boundaries in the more mature genre, presenting ideas in The Kingdom perhaps stockpiled over the past five years. Stylistically, this score could not be any more different from Meet the Robinsons, Charlotte's Web, Corpse Bride, or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, combining a new library of sampled electronics with electric guitars and a very small, partially stocked orchestra.



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307 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.69 Stars
***** 42 5 Stars
**** 48 4 Stars
*** 65 3 Stars
** 79 2 Stars
* 73 1 Stars
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Alternate review of The Kingdom at Movie Music UK
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Total Time: 39:36
• 1. The Kingdom - Titles (4:29)
• 2. Waiting (2:19)
• 3. Attack on the Compound (2:43)
• 4. The Detonator (1:57)
• 5. The Killing Room/Trouble Coming (2:01)
• 6. To the Prince's (1:09)
• 7. Digging Deep (1:17)
• 8. Starting to Click/Saving Leavitt (4:55)
• 9. Friendship (3:49)
• 10. The Chase (4:49)
• 11. The Sales Pitch (2:12)
• 12. The Marble (1:08)
• 13. Finale (6:50)

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