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Skyline
(2010)
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Composed by:
Matthew Margeson

Conducted by:
Allan Wilson

Orchestrated by:
Dana Nui
Robert Elhai
Brad Warnaar
Andrew Kinney
Pakk Nui
Eric Kalver

Performed by:
The Slovak National Symphony Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 16th, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek a guilty pleasure that competently borrows many of the basic ingredients and structures from the scores for Transformers, Independence Day, and Alien Resurrection.

Avoid it... if intellectual curiosity is your aim, for Matthew Margeson's major debut score makes no demands of you on its disappointingly jumbled album presentation.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,588
WRITTEN 11/22/10
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Skyline: (Matthew Margeson) You have to laugh at veteran visual effects supervisors who become directors of science-fiction thrillers and think that their goods deserve a theatrical release instead of the more comfortable fit for them on television. Unfortunately, in the case of Colin and Greg Strause, audience gullibility has proven them right; despite absolutely dismal reviews for their two best known endeavors, Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem and Skyline, their work manages to suffice at the box office and encourage some distributor to send such trash to thousands of American theatres. The Brothers Strause, as they call themselves, intend for 2010's Skyline to be the first in a franchise devoted to the concept, bankrolling the productions themselves and waiting for that inevitable distributor. That would explain the film's extremely sour ending, leaving room for yet more of this alien invasion tale to continue stealing elements from other concepts in the future. In a nutshell, Skyline tells of mysterious alien ships that hover above Los Angeles, shine an alluring blue beam of light to hypnotize humans, and then vacuum them into their vessels so that their brains can be removed and used as batteries. The military responds, of course, but these sequences are only an excuse for gratuitous action effects. As in Independence Day, the solution to the problem will have to be unconventional. Like that 1996 precedent, of course, Skyline is filled with shallow character narratives that utilize their individuals as pawns that can be squished, blown up, or had their brains removed without a second thought. It shouldn't be too surprising, therefore, that the soundtrack for Skyline also looks back at Independence Day as a point of reference. It was initially reported that Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem composer Brian Tyler was set to score Skyline, though ultimately the production had to turn to an obscure Hans Zimmer team clone and record the orchestral portion of the score with the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. All of this was likely done for budgetary reasons, a significant disappointment for those hoping for Tyler to whip up some apocalyptic symphonic force for the occasion. Instead, the assignment proved to be the debut on the major feature stage for 30-year-old Remote Control assistant Matthew Margeson, whose career had included arrangements and additional music for a variety of Zimmer studio collaborations going back a couple of years. In other words, Margeson is one of those many faceless ghostwriters to toil in the depths of the Zimmer clone factory before finally get his big break on a laughable project that couldn't afford better.



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Average: 2.56 Stars
***** 20 5 Stars
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The lost 'Skyline Suite'
Rob - July 1, 2016, at 7:02 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:25
• 1. Don't Look Up (1:40)
• 2. Abduction (3:29)
• 3. The Escape (3:33)
• 4. Ship Down (2:12)
• 5. Skyline (2:40)
• 6. They're Not Dead (5:02)
• 7. Make a Run For It (6:15)
• 8. The Cavalry (2:41)
• 9. Arrival (3:42)
• 10. The Resurrection (2:17)
• 11. Final Battle (3:14)
• 12. Jared is Changing (3:51)
• 13. Vaya Con Dios (1:28)
• 14. Loss of a Friend (3:59)
• 15. Inside the Ship (4:34)
• 16. Damage Control (1:55)

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Question for the aliens: Would Stephen Hawking's brain supply more battery power than Sarah Palin's?
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