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Law Abiding Citizen
(2009)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
Dana Nui
Brad Warnaar
Andrew Kinney
Pakk Hui

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Downtown Music
(October 15th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release, primarily distributed via download but also available through Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" service.
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Buy it... if there are no limits to your desire to hear yet another predictably effective Brian Tyler action/thriller score.

Avoid it... if the composer's sufficient but rather mundane methodology for this type of hybrid orchestra/synthesizer music fails to connect with you in ways similar to equally generic B-rate Remote Control efforts.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,767
WRITTEN 3/22/11
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Law Abiding Citizen: (Brian Tyler) All too often in the revenge thriller genre, the victim who takes the law into his own hands turns out to be a nasty professional killer of some kind, completely negating the potential the genre has for pitting a truly motivated and overperforming everyday novice against the authorities trying to stop him. That's precisely the problem with 2009's Law Abiding Citizen. After a seemingly normal guy sees his wife and daughter raped and killed, the perpetrators let off easily because of botched evidence handling, he decides to act on his own vengeful interests. Fine. In fact, great! But why does it have to be revealed that he is actually a veteran assassin trained in disposing of people in unconventional ways? Of course, showing people die spectacularly is part of attracting audiences, so Law Abiding Citizen had few alternatives without taking an unnecessary chance. Gerard Butler is the aggrieved assassin and Jamie Foxx is the prosecutor who is unfortunate enough to become entangled with him. While the film did not enjoy a particularly friendly response from critics, it did generate over $100 at the worldwide box office. Among director F. Gary Gray's more enthusiastic endorsements for the film came in the form of hype he generated over his collaboration with composer Brian Tyler. This kind of assignment is all too familiar to Tyler, whose busy schedule in the late 2000's seemed clogged with action and thriller movies of dubious merit. Every one of the reviews for his scores for these situations always has to be prefaced with some lamentation over the fact that he has managed to become boxed into these genres, to the detriment of an even better career and a chance at major awards recognition. Among the younger generation of composers, it has to be mentioned once again that Tyler is one of the few who truly understands and appreciates the orchestral history of film music while also maintaining the capability to play and record dozens of instruments himself. His techniques at writing and conducting an orchestra are beyond such muck as Law Abiding Citizen, and yet his boring diet of such endeavors proves once again that a steady stream of paychecks is hard to pass up. In the specific case of this 2009 score, Tyler does what Tyler does best; he satisfies the desires of the director and provides the safest music that could have been expected for a film of this kind. In the process of going through the motions, however, a transcendent sense of style still remains elusive. The director asked for a "neo-noir" type of score, and while Tyler approached that concept with the piano in mind, little allure develops from that usage.



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Total Time: 54:56
• 1. Designs (2:55)
• 2. Predestined (2:49)
• 3. Mechanical Mind (3:43)
• 4. Origins (2:29)
• 5. Methodology (2:53)
• 6. Rationalization (2:04)
• 7. Shadow of a Doubt (2:15)
• 8. The Catalyst (2:59)
• 9. Breaking and Entering (2:27)
• 10. A Fresh Start (2:10)
• 11. Solitary (2:54)
• 12. The Execution (3:16)
• 13. They Can't Feel Anything (2:29)
• 14. Ultimatum (2:48)
• 15. Stalked (2:16)
• 16. Unconfession (6:20)
• 17. Guardian Angel (3:59)
• 18. Law Abiding Citizen (4:10)

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The insert includes a brief note from the director about the score, as well as some photography from the recording stage. As in many of Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" products, the packaging smells incredibly foul when new.
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