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The Losers
(2010)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Additional Music, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:
Lior Rosner

Conducted by:
Bruce Harvey

Co-Orchestrated by:
Edwin Wendler
Kristopher Gee
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Pale Blue
(May 30th, 2010)
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Initially a download-only commercial release, later available from Amazon.com as a "CDr on demand."
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Buy it... if you appreciated John Ottman's heavy metal and grungy industrial score in the context of the equally abrasive revenge flick, emulating the style of Marco Beltrami in similar situations of stylish schlock.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear the complexity of layers and instrumental subtlety that you usually encounter in Ottman's lower budget scores, replaced here by generally straight forward smash-mouth attitude and only occasional contemplative interludes of smooth harmony.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,808
WRITTEN 6/9/10
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The Losers: (John Ottman) The Vertigo comic book series "The Losers" has a group of five heroes, but the kind of gritty, humorous, and rogue special forces heroes without superpowers. On a mission in the Bolivian jungles, they are betrayed by someone on the logistical end of their operation and are thought to have been killed when a friendly helicopter meant for them was destroyed. They team up with a mysterious female agent to seek revenge against their common enemy, who happens to be a creep in Miami that claims to be in near possession of a new weapon of mass destruction that can wipe out entire cities without the nuclear fallout. Their cat and mouse game is the subject of the comic, and Sylvain White's 2010 adaptation The Losers covers the events of the first two volumes of the concept's printed form. Attention was paid to shooting the film in a way that would preserve the illustrated style of the comic's art, and this aspect, as well as competent pacing of action, led to generally fair critical reviews. The film, after bouncing between studios in pre-production and yanked around in its release date several times, barely recouped its $25 million budget in domestic grosses, perhaps limiting hopes of a sequel. Its soundtrack didn't present composer John Ottman with a genre in which he had no experience, though he did tackle the assignment from a fresh perspective. Ottman is no stranger to heroes big and small, providing music for a handful of films of lesser budgets and rougher protagonists as well. The Losers is essentially a grungy revenge flick drenched with contemporary sensibilities, so it's no surprise that Ottman dropped his usual, orchestral compositional style and explored metal and rock avenues perhaps inspired in part by Sin City. It plays like a low budget score (though the film likely required nothing more substantial anyway), depending upon attitude rather than any significant depth. The composer tends to provide low budget, largely synthetic scores that suffice or excel because of their creativity and individual character, and there are brief portions of The Losers that will remind Ottman collectors of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Goodbye Lover, and others. The ensemble here seems almost entirely synthetic, dominated by keyboards, looped percussion, synthetic effects, and normal rock band elements. There are occasional flurries of orchestrated action sounds, though outside of some momentary contributions from brass, these tend to sound closer to Ottman's Point of Origin in their electronic sensibilities.



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Average: 2.86 Stars
***** 20 5 Stars
**** 27 4 Stars
*** 34 3 Stars
** 30 2 Stars
* 28 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 40:58
• 1. Dead Men (3:31)
• 2. Not Soldiers Anymore (1:45)
• 3. Miami Heist (3:14)
• 4. Max Factor (1:49)
• 5. Interlude (1:32)
• 6. Port Break-In (2:07)
• 7. Mumbai Max (3:37)
• 8. Shoot Out (4:07)
• 9. Bad Business (1:39)
• 10. Broken Trust (2:20)
• 11. Double Crossed (3:03)
• 12. Good Catch (2:46)
• 13. Angle of the Dangle (2:12)
• 14. Fake Out/Cool Reception (2:17)
• 15. Psychic Bullets/Aisha's Beef (1:51)
• 16. The Losers (3:15)

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