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The Next Three Days
(2010)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Rick Wentworth

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
David Slonaker
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Lionsgate Records
(America)
(November 16th, 2010)

Silva Screen Records
(Europe)
(January 24th, 2011)
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Commercial release available via download and on CD from the Amazon.com CDr on Demand service in America (as of November, 2010) or Silva Screen Records in Europe (as of January, 2011). The two CD albums are identical.
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Buy it... if you seek a lightly rhythmic suspense score with a surprisingly tender personality maintained by soft instrumental tones led by piano and strings.

Avoid it... if you expect truly engaging suspense material to emerge from what is ultimately a conservatively somber exercise in ambience broken at the climax by one strikingly beautiful cue of vocal and percussive redemption.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,559
WRITTEN 1/25/11
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Elfman
The Next Three Days: (Danny Elfman) Among the bigger disappointments of the late 2010 Hollywood season was The Next Three Days, director Paul Haggis' remake of the 2007 French film Pour Elle. The Lionsgate investment barely surpassed its budget in box office grosses, its solid cast largely considered wasted in mixed, but mostly poor reviews by critics. Russell Crowe plays a husband who has to undertake extraordinary measures in planning the escape of his wife, who is imprisoned falsely for the murder of a colleague. Crowe consults with a hardened criminal and master of escape in the form of Liam Neeson, and a complicated series of events is constructed to both elude the authorities in the setting of Pittsburg and ensure passage to a country hostile to the United States. Meanwhile, a secondary set of plans to send the police on false leads is also executed. While intelligent in some of its methodology, the plot was targeted for being unreasonably stretched in its logic at various points during the escape. Another aspect of the film that slips by without much praise is Danny Elfman's conservative score. Haggis had collaborated successfully with Mark Isham for his most personal projects, including the popular Crash, outside of his contributions to the James Bond franchise and Clint Eastwood films. Haggis also did rewrite work on Teminator Salvation, however, and after his high profile resignation from Scientology drove a wedge between him and an enraged Isham (a Scientologist of the highest order), that involvement with the 2009 film may have led to the director's request that Elfman score The Next Three Days. Interestingly, despite the fact that Elfman has one of the most unique musical voices in the industry (not only vocally, but in terms of instrumental style), the score asked of him during the mutually lauded collaborative process between the composer and director was ultimately much closer to the style of Isham's usual low-key thriller music, a point of concern given that composer's tendency to underwhelm in such circumstances. Elfman had written music for the genre previously, including the Crowe-led Proof of Life, with the best basis for this approach being his unconventional but instrumentally similar The Kingdom more recently. Whereas that 2007 score was a brutal exercise in gritty electronic rhythms and pounded percussive effects, The Next Three Days is a much lighter, more contemplative variation on the same basic emotional appeal. The resulting score adequately maintains the director's desired ambience and is never really offensive in any of its parts, but it won't strike you as remotely memorable, either.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 71:27
• 1. Prologue (1:38)
• 2. A Way In (3:36)
• 3. What She's Lost (0:58)
• 4. Pittsburgh's Tough (2:02)
• 5. Blood Stain (1:32)
• 6. Same Old Trick (1:45)
• 7. Don Quixote (1:30)
• 8. All is Lost (3:10)
• 9. A Promise (2:58)
• 10. That's OK (1:53)
• 11. It's On (4:32)
• 12. The Evidence (1:24)
• 13. Last Three Months (3:29)
• 14. The Bump Key (2:30)
• 15. A Warning (2:22)
• 16. Breakout (8:20)
• 17. Touch (0:57)
• 18. Reunion (3:08)
• 19. The Switch (2:42)
• 20. They're Off (4:56)
• 21. Got 'Em (2:19)
• 22. The Truth (5:25)
• 23. Aftermath (1:06)
• 24. Mistake - performed by Moby (3:46)
• 25. Be the One - performed by Moby (3:29)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes notes from both the composer and director about their collaborative process behind the score.
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