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Surrogates
(2009)
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Composed and Produced by:
Richard Marvin

Conducted by:
Nick Glennie-Smith

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Suzette Moriarty
Kevin Kaska
Walt Fowler
Ken Thorne
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lakeshore Records
(November 23rd, 2009)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release. A promotional album with identical contents was released by Costa Communications several weeks before the commercial album debuted; it features gray cover art.
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Buy it... only if you specifically noticed the strong brass performances of the score's compelling title theme or its more harmonious synthetic ambience in the context of the film.

Avoid it... if you expect Richard Marvin to provide a truly unique sense of creative style in his symphonic/synthetic blend to match the technological intrigue of the concept.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,766
WRITTEN 12/8/10
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Surrogates: (Richard Marvin) A truly interesting premise was butchered in Surrogates, the 2009 adaptation of a 2005 comic book that explored the idea of a future utopia in which much of society conducts its lives through surrogate avatars that represent them while they lounge around at home. There is a split in society between the surrogate-allowable areas and the human-only ones, opening up all sorts of possibilities for socio-political conflict. The perfect world of the surrogates is rocked when there is a rare murder, one involving a government experiment with a weapon that was intended to neutralize the real person using the surrogate but in fact can override the safety mechanisms and kill the operator instead. Bruce Willis plays the aging cop searching for the truth, and when his surrogate is destroyed in a pursuit, he must continue his investigation in his own body at significantly more peril. Response to Surrogates was largely negative, the enthusiasts of the comic book disgruntled by the many changes to the story (including a happier, Hollywood-style ending) and critics lamenting the fact that the script degenerated into formulaic action rather than taking advantage of the concept's most intriguing aspects. The film wasn't a hit with audiences, either, requiring worldwide grosses to have a chance at recouping its $80 budget for Disney's Touchstone division. Director Jonathan Mostow had used the services of several composers over the previous dozen years, but for Surrogates he chose to extend his collaboration with Richard Marvin to a fourth entry. Their best known work together was for the submarine thriller U-571 in 2000, generally considered to be an entertaining duo of film and music but not particularly original on either front. Marvin's career has been mostly defined by his concentration on television music, earning his way with "Six Feet Under" and "Without a Trace," among a plethora of others reaching a hundred total titles as of 2009. Major feature scoring assignments have been elusive for the composer, however, and largely because of the promise he showed with U-571, film music collectors seemed cautiously optimistic that Marvin would rise to the occasion in Surrogates. The blemish upon the music for U-571, of course, is that it's a highly derivative score, betraying its temp-track influences quite distractingly, both on screen and its highly sought promotional album. That tendency is diminished in Surrogates, though Marvin still seems to struggle when attempting to create his own sound for this film.

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Average: 2.69 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 41:05
• 1. Pix Title Sequence (3:14)
• 2. Drive to Club (1:39)
• 3. Cam's Apt/Greer's Apt (4:06)
• 4. Warrant Received/Foot Chase (6:20)
• 5. Urine Abomination (0:57)
• 6. Prophet Lies/Greer Rides (1:29)
• 7. I Want You (2:03)
• 8. Operation Prophet (1:49)
• 9. Stone's Headache (3:01)
• 10. T-Bone/Stone Zapped (5:41)
• 11. Shift Enter (5:26)
• 12. Aftermath (5:21)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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