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Trapped
(2002)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Performed by:

Conducted by:
L. Ton Jon

Co-Orchestrated by:
Stephen Perkins
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(September 22nd, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you appreciate John Ottman's ability to make the functional music possible against difficult odds, even if that material doesn't translate into the most engaging listening experience on album.

Avoid it... if you require distinctly memorable character to emerge from a very limited scope and restricted instrumentation for the suspense genre.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,505
WRITTEN 10/22/03, REVISED 2/23/09
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Trapped: (John Ottman) With a well-rounded cast, Trapped tells the story of an abduction for ransom in which an unstable criminal (Kevin Bacon) and his wife (Courtney Love) trap two parents in separate locations while a third accomplice kidnaps their daughter. The mental breakdown of Bacon's character through the course of the film, as well as the strong emotional bond between the kidnapped girl and her mother (Charlize Theron), help the film deviate from the normal course of ransom films. Ultimately, though, too many familiar patterns sunk any prospect of success for Trapped, a circumstance that also afflicted its score by composer John Ottman. Taking a greater quantity of scoring assignments for films below the mainstream radar, the composer worked on more projects in 2002 than he had in any other year in his career to date. The quality of those productions, both on the big screen and on cable television, were often suspect (although it's difficult to qualify Eight Legged Freaks with any general descriptor because it was so intentionally bad), and Ottman would fortunately follow with a strong pair of major projects in 2003. For the 2002 psychological suspense thriller Trapped, Ottman was tasked with utilizing his creative talents to compensate for a tiny music budget. The initial inclination for the personality of the score involved the typical fright and flight approach, pounding and screeching with terror while providing dissonant material for the majority of the interim. But both Ottman and director Luis Mandoki agreed that this stereotypical sound would be out of place in Trapped, and the two men followed an agreeable evolution of ideas when considering the more harmonious approach that could be applied for the emotional appeal of the film. No matter Ottman's intended result, however, he didn't have much to work with. Due to budget constraints, the film continuously dropped source music, putting a greater burden on Ottman to conjure up original material for elements in the film as specific as cartoon jingles heard on a television screen in the background of a scene. A sudden, last minute addition of a main title cue brought the recording to 85 minutes in length. With four weeks to compose and only 17 hours to record, Ottman was limited to 20 orchestral players. The majority of musical instruments, therefore, would have to be simulated and performed electronically by the composer himself.



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Average: 2.45 Stars
***** 10 5 Stars
**** 13 4 Stars
*** 25 3 Stars
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* 32 1 Stars
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Saw the film this day
Mark - 224 - September 25, 2005, at 3:17 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 64:55
• 1. Main Titles (1:29)
• 2. Goodbyes (1:25)
• 3. Abduction (3:10)
• 4. Plan of Seduction (8:12)
• 5. Cat in Heaven (0:53)
• 6. Inconvenient Call (5:29)
• 7. The Mood for Love (5:23)
• 8. He Will Kill (4:40)
• 9. Hotel Visitors/Screw Up (4:23)
• 10. Like Mother Like Daughter (1:23)
• 11. Paralysis (4:22)
• 12. Does He Know?/Dust (2:14)
• 13. It's Showtime (8:16)
• 14. Temporary Reunion (3:18)
• 15. Bad Game (2:18)
• 16. Crazy Rescue (7:19)

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