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Taken
(2009)
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Composed, Arranged, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:
Nathaniel Mechaly

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Gisele Gerard-Tolini

Co-Orchestrated by:
Lionel Privat
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Razor & Tie Entertainment
(January 27th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are among the few who consider this score to have a positive impact on the film and seek its reliably predictable application of electronic and symphonic elements to each scene without much creative deviation.

Avoid it... if you expect a composer to aggressively enhance a film rather than cautiously keep out of its way, a strange result for Nathaniel Mechaly in his international breakthrough score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,862
WRITTEN 4/22/11
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Taken: (Nathaniel Mechaly) The lesson to be learned for studios about the thriller Taken is that you can earn hundreds of millions of dollars despite a derivative plot full of senseless violence and obvious racism if you have a lead actor who can deliver a single line so well that you can base your entire marketing campaign around it. The 2008 continuation of the Pierre Morel/Luc Besson directing, producing, and writing collaboration (released in America in early 2009) stars Liam Neeson as a retired CIA operative whose daughter is kidnapped while vacationing with another teenage friend in Paris. During the abduction, the girl calls her father and gives him enough information to launch an investigation and ruthless pursuit of the criminals. Neeson's compelling performance of the line to the kidnapper on the phone, "I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you" (followed by a "Good Luck" from the Parisian end) was made into the centerpiece of Fox's marketing campaign for Taken. What those teasers didn't make clear was that the film overall is tremendously racist in its depiction of both Eastern Europeans and Arabs, a characteristic not lost on critics who gave the film decidedly mixed reviews. Needless to say, Neeson is shown brutally executing everyone in his path, Besson's trademark carefree action style whipped into a nonstop frenzy after half an hour of setup. The fact that these many action sequences feature absolutely no unique inspiration may have influenced the score for Taken, an equally drab and predictable contribution to the film. Unfortunately, it was an enormous opportunity lost for French composer Nathaniel Mechaly; after spending the majority of the 2000's toiling music for French television and short films, Taken represented the major international break for the student of Gabriel Yared. His better-known scores for cinema over the latter half of the decade are represented by a dominating electronic and percussive style, sometimes crossing over into the straight rock genre. Undoubtedly, Taken was a likely candidate to receive such kick-ass synthetic attitude, especially if it could blend that sound with the depth of either an orchestral ensemble or notable solos to provide warmth for the lead characters. Mechaly seems to have tried to accomplish this balance, but his execution of it is so poorly done and lacking in energy and interesting constructs that he ends up achieving none of these goals in this rather dull result.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 46:58
• 1. Opening (0:56)
• 2. Change - performed by Joy Denalane and Lupe Fiasco (4:18)
• 3. Permission to Go to Paris (1:14)
• 4. To the Airport (1:14)
• 5. The Concert (0:56)
• 6. There's Somebody Here (3:27)
• 7. Pursuit at Roissy (1:10)
• 8. On the Rooftop (1:44)
• 9. 96 Hours (6:04)
• 10. The Construction Site (2:07)
• 11. Pursuit at the Construction Site (1:29)
• 12. Saving Amanda (1:18)
• 13. Escape From St. Clair (1:41)
• 14. Tick Tick, Boom - performed by The Hives (3:28)
• 15. Hotel Camelia (1:41)
• 16. The Auction (1:41)
• 17. Pursuit by the Seine (3:15)
• 18. On the Boat (1:06)
• 19. The Last Fight (1:54)
• 20. The Dragster Wave - performed by Ghinzu (6:15)

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