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Knowing
(2009)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Brett Kelly
Brett Weymark

Co-Orchestrated and Additional Music by:
Marcus Trumpp

Co-Orchestrated by:
Rossano Galante
Dana Niu
Bill Boston

Co-Produced by:
Buck Sanders

Performed by:
The Sydney Scoring Orchestra and The Song Company
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(March 24th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if fifteen to twenty minutes of grand, harmonic, choral, and majestic fantasy material in this score's final quarter is worth an abundance of prickly and unsettling atmosphere for the preceding scenes of suspense and intrigue.

Avoid it... if, despite this score's functionality in all its quarters, you expect Marco Beltrami to explore the musical representation of this film's concepts from any particularly memorable new direction.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,067
WRITTEN 3/29/09
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Knowing: (Marco Beltrami) You can add Knowing to the long list of films that completely spoil the intellectually stimulating potential that their concepts originally had. It attempts to lure you into existential contemplation mode while simultaneously bombarding you with brutal imagery of death and destruction, tacking on a redemptive ending that can only be termed cheaply religious after the gory, unjustified mishandling of the film's previous two hours. The surprising aspect of this cinematic failure is the fact that director Alex Proyas had managed to avoid many of the same pitfalls in Dark City, a film that continues to impress many years after its quiet debut. The plot of Knowing has the kind of structure that can't really be discussed without spoiling the surprise for the 12% of viewers who don't enter the theatre having been able to predict the basic premise of the ending from the film's previews. Proyas attempts to cover up for the story's immense logical fallacies by utilizing the same tear-jerking familial separation fears that inhabited A.I. Artificial Intelligence and the plane crashing, train derailing, and landmark exploding displays of CGI wizardry that highlighted Independence Day. Both concepts have been explored far more effectively than in Knowing, a film that also borrows a bit too heavily from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Ultimately, it is disgusting and gratuitous while trying to masquerade itself as a truly thought provoking endeavor. Some reports indicate that studio meddling with the script forced some of the most distasteful scenes of destruction upon it in post-production, which might explain composer Marco Beltrami's silly, tongue-in-cheek cue titles that exist on the soundtrack album. Proyas claims to have great trust in Beltrami's talents, though despite their strong collaboration on I, Robot a few years prior, the composer's music for Knowing is only memorable in parts and overshadowed in others by the second movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Beltrami tackled Knowing in predictable fashion, sculpting a score in three distinct sections that address the suspense of the story's first 90 minutes, the fantasy of its concluding half hour, and the overarching sense of tender love between father and son that exists in short sequences throughout. All three portions qualify themselves in context, though Beltrami creates an environment of predictability that pulls inspiration from Bernard Herrmann and James Newton Howard, rarely providing an unexpected twist.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 65:42
• 1. Main Titles (2:11)
• 2. Door Jam (3:10)
• 3. EMT (2:19)
• 4. John and Caleb (1:59)
• 5. New York (4:12)
• 6. Aftermath (1:46)
• 7. Not a Kid Anymore (1:56)
• 8. Moose on the Loose (2:20)
• 9. Stalking the Waylands (1:24)
• 10. Numerology (3:06)
• 11. It's the Sun (2:44)
• 12. John Spills (3:26)
• 13. Trailer Music (3:21)
• 14. 33 (3:29)
• 15. Loudmouth (2:43)
• 16. Revelations (3:29)
• 17. Thataway! (2:06)
• 18. Shock and Aww (4:00)
• 19. Caleb Leaves (7:09)
• 20. Roll Over Beethoven (4:15)
• 21. New World Round (2:59)
• 22. Who Wants an Apple? (1:35)

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